You may not want to think about your family member dying at all, but her desires might be described with the phrase “dying well.” This can mean different things to everyone, but it often means being pain free and experiencing love and support in these final stages of her life.
She’s not in Pain or Suffering
Physical pain or suffering in other ways is not what anyone would consider spending the end stages of their lives well. Your family member doesn’t want that and you don’t want that for her. Working closely with her medical providers can help you to develop a plan that reduces any suffering or pain that your family member might be experiencing.
Loose Ends Feel Wrapped Up
At the end of your family member’s life, she may feel a strong desire to wrap up some of those loose ends that most people have. There may be family conflicts that she wants to put to rest. There may be final wishes that she wants to satisfy before she is unable to do so. Within reason, there may be a lot that you can do that can help her to achieve these desires. It’s worth it to figure out what you can do to help.
She’s Where She Wants to Be
Your family member may have some very specific ideas about where she wants to spend the majority of the time that she has left. Quite often, this means that people in the final stages of their lives want to be at home, surrounded by people they love. If this is at all possible for your family member, there may be some logistical considerations to overcome to make it happen.
She Feels Heard When it Comes to Her Care Choices
Often in the final stages of life, aging adults feel as if they aren’t seen or heard any longer. If her health is failing significantly, your family member may feel as if she has to work harder to make sure her wishes are heard. As her caregiver, you can help to make sure that your family member’s needs and wants are both being met as closely as possible.
Having end-of-life care providers available can help you to meet these needs and more for your family member. They can help you to find the resources that you need and provide the level of care that your family member needs and wants at this stage of her life.
If you or an aging parent are considering end-of-life care in Allentown, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.