End Of Life
The day I met Mrs. Bartlett at my hospital, she was an 89-year-old long-stay nursing home resident with moderate-to-severe dementia who was being transferred to my hospitalist service for shortness of breath. Her family had never discussed what kind of medical care she would want.
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What do you do when a resident crosses the threshold and your organization needs to address quality of death? We all know that there is a great emphasis, appropriately so, on a resident's quality of life. The flip side of that coin is providing a resident with a quality death.
It's a scene at plays out all too often in hospitals across the United States. A stroke leaves a frail senior incapacitated, lying in a hospital bed. Family members gather around, but no one can say for sure what their relative wants for her end-of-life care, and no advance directive or healthcare power of attorney is on file for her.
Advance end-of-life planning can spare patients unwanted, aggressive treatments and it can help physicians calibrate care in more reasonable manner.
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After my husband's death in 2004, I thought how wonderful it would have been if there were a refuge in a hospital where caregivers could go to "escape" and recharge themselves — an "oasis" of sorts, away from the bright lights and noises of the hospital, a place where one could relax, get advice about caregiving and avail themselves of some counseling.
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