Starting a conversation with anyone about advance health care planning can be challenging.
We understand and can help you with tips on how to start to talk:
Some questions you may ask are:
It is OK to ask about what the end of life may look like and what treatment options are available. Some questions you may ask are:
It can be overwhelming, especially as you learn about the diagnosis, treatment process and side effects. Your health care provider will consider what treatments to offer based on your current state of health, your current level of activity, the availability of treatment and what benefit you would receive from treatment.
Regardless of what your provider offers for treatment, you always have the choice to agree or refuse the treatment. It can be difficult to speak with your provider about refusing treatment.
Questions that may be helpful to guide the conversation with your provider are:
Even without having conversations about advance health care planning, people get sick or find themselves in a crisis. When health care providers talk to families, it can be hard for families because they are unsure what decisions to make or how their loved one would make decisions.
Some questions to have with the doctors may be: