Even when people document their choices ― while they still have the ability to do so ― there’s no guarantee those instructions will be honored.
Without immigrants, there could be fewer people to take on the difficult task of helping our family members live out their last days.
More seniors are weighing the possibility of suicide as the baby boomer generation — known for valuing autonomy and self-determination — reaches older age.
Since her diagnosis with advanced ovarian cancer, she chose to forgo treatment for palliative care, It’s a choice made by fewer than 2% of patients.
While many of the nation’s hospices earn high satisfaction rates, hundreds fell short of their obligations, abandoning families at the brink of death.
As intense as hospice care is, you seldom hear any of the doctors, nurses, aides, and other hospice care workers describe the job as grim, sad or dispiriting.
Doctors and nurse receive little, if any, training in understanding and interpreting living wills, DNR orders and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms, either on the job or in medical or nursing school.