What you will want to know

When the end of life is near for one of your clients, you may or may not have the privilege to ask their physician some very important questions, but given the permission of the family (or the client if they are in a position to give their permission), you may want to see if they would grant permission. If they do, you should certainly ask the doctor in charge some of the following questions:
1. Is there a set course of action to follow since there is no diagnosable cure for this? What should I expect?
2. Since you said that my client is nearing the end of their life, is there any reason to continue with further tests or treatments?
3. Will the treatment bring my client any physical comfort at all?
4. Will the treatment have any effect on the dying process; slow up or speed it up?
5. What should I expect to happen to my client in the coming days or weeks of life?
Caregivers are ordinarily closest to the situation at hand. Caring Connections (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization), suggests that someone step in to help the caregiver during this emotional time. As a caregiver, if you know another caregiver that is going through the death of a client, you may want to inquire about the following with them:
1. How are you doing? Do you need someone to talk with?
2. Would you like to go out for an hour or two? I could stay here while you are away.
3. Who has offered to help you? Do you want me to work with them to coordinate our efforts?
4. Can I help, maybe … walk the dog, answer the phone, go to the drug store or the grocery store, or watch the children (for example)…for you?
By lending a hand, you are not only displaying that With Age Comes Respect but the fact that you respect other caregivers as well.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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