End-of-life Conversation: Angelic Paths Is Here For You

The End-of-Life conversation can be difficult. Angelic Paths Hospice is here to help and can provide some resources to help with this conversation.

Caring for Elderly

There are many ways to start the conversation about end-of-life preferences:

Watch the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal
The Hello game, available from Common Practice, can provide a way to easily bring up the end of life discussion

Five Wishes, when completed with a loved one, can lead to conversations about care preferences.

Many experts recommend having a conversation such as this around holidays when the family is gathered together.

You can speak with your healthcare provider during a routine checkup about your preferences and options. Your healthcare provider will be able to provide information as well regarding your or your loved one’s health status as well as resources with more information. Keep scrolling to read important resources.

If the conversation does not happen until an advanced serious illness or condition occurs, you (as either a patient, family, or caregiver) or a healthcare provider may initiate the discussion about treatment and care. Keeping those in mind who are aware of your care preferences may be helpful to be included in this conversation. Whoever you are most comfortable speaking with, starting somewhere can be a big hurdle to overcome.

Caregiver Tips

Focus on Your Wellness

Make your personal wellness a priority. Make sure you set aside time for yourself. Take breaks and spend time on the activities you enjoy. Exercising, reading, or a favorite hobby are all good ways to help your wellness. Make sure you eat healthily and get plenty of sleep.

Caregiver and Old Women Walking Together

Know When to Ask for Help

Know when to ask for help, and don't be afraid to accept help from others. Friends and family want to help but don't always know how to. Make it easy on yourself and others by letting them know your needs. You are not alone.

Care Worker Helping Senior Man to Get Up Out of Chair

Find Support

Have a place where you feel comfortable talking about your feelings. Find a support group or talk with family or friends. Talk to our chaplain, find a support group or talk with family or friends.

Learn

Take time to educate yourself on your loved ones' illness and what caregiving entails. The more you know the less anxiety you will have and the more effective you will be.