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  1. Advance Directives

    Advance directives are legally binding and tell doctors what life extending measures you want taken, or not taken, if you are unable to communicate. Medical power of attorney designates a person to make decisions not covered in your advance directives.

  2. Hospice Care

    Hospice improves life quality for those no longer seeking a cure for their illness. WebMD provides an overview of hospice, including where to find it and how to set goals for the end of life.

  3. Topic Overview

    What is palliative care?It is hard to live with an illness that cannot be cured. You may feel lonely, angry, scared, or sad. You may feel that your treatment is doing more harm than good. You may have pain or other disturbing symptoms. Palliative care can help you and your loved ones cope with all of these things. Palliative care is a kind of care for people who have illnesses that do not go away

  4. What Is Life Support?

    Life support keeps the body alive by doing the work of bodily functions that are failing. Learn what life support includes, when it's needed, and when it might be stopped.

  5. Topic Overview

    Oxygen can be delivered in several ways: Concentrators,which take oxygen from the air,are the least expensive. But they need to be plugged into a power outlet and are fairly heavy [about 30 lb (13.6 kg) ]. You might use an oxygen concentrator in your home. Portable oxygen concentrators are also available. These are lighter and may be used while traveling. Cylinders,or tanks,of compressed ...

  6. Topic Overview

    Physician-assisted death refers to a practice by which physicians provide the means for a person to voluntarily cause his or her own death. This is usually done by prescribing lethal doses of medicine. Although indirectly participating in the person's death,the physician does not directly cause the death. Only a few states,such as Oregon and Washington,have legalized physician-assisted ...

  7. How Palliative Care Can Help You

    Palliative care can help you feel better as a whole person-in your body, mind, and spirit. It helps you focus on “the big picture” of your life. Palliative care includes your family and loved ones.Sometimes talking with someone who is not a friend or family member can help you see more clearly. This person could be a palliative care provider. It is important to talk about your goals and wishes

  8. Topic Overview

    Pain and other symptoms related to your life-limiting illness almost always can be managed effectively. Talk to your doctor and family about the symptoms you are experiencing. Your family is an important link between you and your doctor. Have a loved one report your pain if your illness prevents you from communicating. Usually it is possible to manage pain and other symptoms so that you are comfortable.If you and your doctor are not able to control your pain, ask about seeing a pain management specialist. This is a doctor who finds ways to treat pain that won't go away.Guidelines from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) state that pain must be assessed and controlled for people in hospitals and nursing homes.1Physical painMany medicines are available to relieve pain. Your doctor will choose the easiest and most noninvasive form of medicine to treat your level of pain. Medicines taken by mouth (oral) are usually used first, because they are easier

  9. Topic Overview

    A living will is a type of advance directive that documents your wishes about end-of-life medical treatment,including life support,if you become unable to speak for yourself. In most cases,a living will and medical power of attorney,which names a health care agent,are completed at the same time. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws about advance directives. However,state ...

  10. Topic Overview

    When your loved one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, it is important to keep communication as clear and direct as possible. Work at keeping the lines of communication open with your loved one, with his or her doctor, and with your family. Recognize your family's style of communication. How did your family communicate before your loved one was diagnosed with this serious illness? Were you able to communicate freely and openly, or were there barriers to your communication, such as frequent arguments or a lack of sharing? If you encounter barriers, consider visiting a counselor to help resolve difficult issues and to help your family learn some effective ways to communicate.Talk to your loved one and his or her doctor about the life-limiting diagnosis. Questions to ask the doctor include:What are the treatment options? How long do you expect my loved one to live?What do you expect to happen with this diagnosis?What support services are available to help my family?Who will

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