HCF Fit and Well : HCF Health Agenda - January 2017
56 Health Agenda | January 2017 Given its inevitability most of us give surprisingly little thought to the advent of our own death. It is a time fraught with emotion and, in many cases, incapacitation, but you can make the transition easier on yourself, and those you leave behind, with a little planning. Ask yourself the following questions: at what point do I call stop on resuscitation? What trauma am I willing to subject myself to for prolonged life? And what shape would that life take? Longer doesn't necessarily equate to better. strategy Exit WE ALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE KIND OF TERMINAL CARE AND TREATMENT WE RECEIVE. THE KEY IS TO ACT NOW, NOT LATER. Words Gillian Samuel A living will, or as the experts call it 'advance care planning', is not the sole province of the old; it documents your preferences for medical treatment, were you unable to express them due to illness or injury. The choices people face at this time are myriad, and though it's impossible to be completely prescriptive -- a er all, most people don't know how they'll go -- it's worth considering things like do not resuscitate orders, switching off life support in the case of an irreversible coma, and whether or not to have chemotherapy and/or radiation a er a certain age or diagnosis.
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