It can be hard to live with an illness that cannot be cured. But if your health is getting worse, you may want to make decisions about end-of-life care. Planning for the end of your life does not mean that you are giving up. It is a way to make sure that your wishes are met. Clearly stating your wishes can make it easier for your loved ones. Making plans while you are still able may also ease your mind and make your final days less stressful and more meaningful.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Advance care plans include papers that tell doctors how you want to be cared for at the end of your life in case you are in a coma or cannot communicate. You do not need a lawyer to write these papers. Ask your doctor or your local public health unit for information on how to write your advance care plan. They may have the forms for each of these types of papers. Make sure your doctor has a copy of these on file, and give a copy to a family member or close friend.
These papers are simple to change. Tell your doctor what you want to change, and ask him or her to make a note in your medical file. Give your family updated copies of the papers.
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Current as of: September 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robin L. Fainsinger, MB, ChB, LMCC, CCFP - Palliative Medicine & Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine
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