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Tough times demand tough questions

(HealthDay News) -- To help make the end of life go the way you'd like it to, decisions need to be made. Which means questions will need to be asked.

For example, the U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests seeking answers to the following questions:

  • How long is the person expected to live?
  • What kind of end-of-life care is needed?
  • Is the most likely caregiver able to give that kind of care?
  • Where would the person who is dying want to have this end-of-life care -- at a facility or at home, for example?
  • What is the best place to get the type of care he or she wants?
  • Who will pay for this care?
  • Can children, grandchildren, friends, pets, etc., visit whenever they want?
  • Is there a good chance that treatment in an intensive care unit will reverse the dying process, or instead draw it out?
But there are other tough questions that may need to be asked as well. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization urges people to first take time to think about just what you want to know. For instance, it says, consider asking doctors and potential caregivers such questions as:

  • Will you talk openly and candidly with me and my family about my illness?
  • What decisions will my family and I have to make, and what kinds of recommendations will you give to help us make these decisions?
  • What will you do if I have pain or other uncomfortable symptoms?
  • Will you support me in getting hospice care?
  • If I reach a point where I am too sick to speak for myself, how will you make decisions about my care?
  • Will you still be available to me even when I'm sick and close to the end of my life?

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