Comm with the Elderly: end-of-life decision-making
By Nick Rindge
As we age, we facedecisions that range fromsimple to extremelycomplex. They are WHATpsychosocial, spiritual, legal, and/or medicalnature. in IS IT? QU’EST-CE QUE C’EST?
Common decisions include degree offamily involvement, wills, and how tospend limited time and energy. Some reflect on the meaning of life or deal with psychologically unfinished business, preparing to “Meet his or her Maker”
However, medical end-of-life decisions are oftenthe most challenging forthe terminally ill Within end-of-life decision-making is a debate about whether or not we’re allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide
Some people believe that we shouldn’t be allowed to decide to end our own lives… …And some people think it is a patient’s right to receive euthanasia What do YOU think?
WHO USES IT?Anyone directly affected by the end-of-life debate! Dang lil mama! Them dentures look right!
Really, the end-of-life debate matters because it is central to Communication with the Elderly. Like I joked, the chance that YOU either have or will experience death is 100%.Being basically the only conflictin Comm with the elderly, it’simportant to take a stance.
CRITICISMMany people live with painful disabilities or conditions that make living nearly impossible. Should we let these people choose to die? What if they are healthy, but don’t want to live?
Nick’s checklist for E.O.L.D.M.P.A.S.(end-of-life decision-making: physician-assisted Suicide) “HOLY ACRONYM BATMAN!! IT JUST MIGHT WORK!”
IS IT REALLY THAT EASY?-Assess patient’s decision-making skills-Evaluate sincerity of patient’s condition-Review pertinent Medical Facts-Choose appropriate time and place-Family must be present and aware-Sensitivity and Consistence
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