LEVEL OF CARE CHOICES

Your Decisions on Medical Care at the End of Life 

Talk openly with your loved ones while you’re still well and use advance directives to maintain control.

Hospice and Palliative Care: Planning 

Hospice provides comfort and support to a person who is nearing the end of life.

What is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care is a way to improve quality of life for a patient who is being treated for a serious illness.

Understanding Advance Care Planning 

How to decide your own medical future.

Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind 

A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.

What Is an Advance Care Directive? 

This form lets you plan ahead for the care you’d want if you could no longer express your wishes.

Deciding About Resuscitation 

Do Not Resuscitate orders tell hospital staff not to perform potentially life-saving measures, such as CPR, if your heart and lungs stop working.

The Importance of Managing Pain at Hospice 

The main goal of pain management in hospice is to improve quality of life; everyone has a right to have relief from pain.

Choosing the Right Agent 

A durable power of attorney for health care is only as good as the person you name to be your agent.

An Agent's Role for Durable Power of Attorney 

Often it’s hard to know which medical treatment choices you might face. Would you rather let someone you trust decide for you? A durable power of attorney for health care lets you name an agent to carry out your wishes. This happens only if you can’t express your wishes yourself.

Being a Health Care Proxy 

A health care proxy is a person who represents a patient when the patient can’t speak for himself or herself.

Looking Into Assisted Living Takes Legwork 

Visit communities, get on waiting lists, and always review your contract before you sign.

Your Life Support Treatment Choices 

Medical treatment, if your life is in danger, falls into three main categories.

Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatments 

As your illness progresses, there may come a time when treatments no longer benefit you. Decisions must then be made whether to continue or stop these treatments.

Dying at Home Is More Comfortable 

It helps if you can have loved ones with you.

Why Some Make the Case for Assisted Suicide 

Why Some Make the Case for Assisted Suicide

Why Some Are Against Assisted-Suicide Laws 

The most vulnerable patients may be subject to abuse.

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right For You? 

Yes, no, maybe; it really depends on your financial wherewithal, and your comfort with risk.