Once you consider what is important to you, you can inform those closest to you of your wishes for care should you be living with a life-limiting illness.
If you haven’t previously considered your end-of-life care options, you may want to start by thinking about:
- What do you want for your end-of-life care?
- Would your loved ones know what you want for your end-of-life care?
- Who would make decisions about your end-of-life care if you were no longer able to?
- When the time comes, where you would like to receive care (home, hospice, hospital?)
- What does your end-of-life care look like, have you spoken with a health professional about it?
- Who would you want to be with you when you die?
- What would your advance care plan and/or directive contain? Perhaps it could include instructions about artificial nutrition and/or artificial respiration.
- Who will you choose as your substitute decision maker if you are unable to speak for yourself?