Apr 16, 2021
In the final episode of our patient advocacy series, we’re talking about supporting advance directives to honor end of life wishes. Caregivers often advocate for loved ones to prevent unwanted care. As advocates for family members or friends, caregivers are called to respect the wishes expressed in directives to physicians, diagnosis-specific directives, and Do Not Resuscitate documents. Having end of life wishes documented during advance care planning takes some of the decision-making burden off of the caregiver. Relieving some of that caregiver burden can reduce anxiety and guilt, allowing the caregiver to experience their grief journey a little easier. Hospice interdisciplinary team members also have to recognize the importance of acting as advocates to support patient’s end of life wishes. The Heart of Hospice has more information and support for your hospice journey. Find us 24/7 at theheartofhospice.com. You’ll find podcasts discussing everything from hospice 101 and philosophy to self care for both personal and professional caregivers. No matter where you are in your hospice journey, you are The Heart of Hospice.