I am concerned about whether I will be able to care for my loved one as he or she approaches the end of life.
INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC / IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Even if you have been a caregiver for some time, providing end of life care for a loved one may raise doubts or fears about what to expect and whether you will be able to manage your loved one's needs. Caregiving for a loved one at the end of life often brings with it new responsibilities and unfamiliar tasks. While providiing end of life care for a loved one can be emotionally and physically challenging it also can be a very meaningful and gratifying experience. And while many people would choose to die at home being cared for by family members, others may prefer to receive care from professional caregivers in settings other than home. Knowing what your loved one’s choices are regarding medical treatment and care at the end of life will make it possible for those wishes to be honored and will allow you as the caregiver to have confidence that you are making the right decisions for him or her.
This topic is intended to help you consider whether you want to be a principal caregiver for you loved one when doctors have determined that she or he is approaching the end of life. Completing the Situation Review Questionnaire will give you an opportunity to consider the benefits and challenges of providing end of life care at home and whether providing end of life care at home is the right choice for you, your family and your loved one. You may find it helpful to also review the decision tool “I’M CONSIDERING WHETHER I SHOULD LIVE WITH MY LOVED ONE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE IN-HOME CARE” if you are considering being a caregiver in your home or your loved one as he or she approaches end of life.
Next, click on the "Click to Proceed' button at the upper right to move on to the Situation Review. When you have completed the Situation Review, print it out along with the accompanying Interpretation of Results.You will be presented with relevant resources as well. You can use your responses and the Interpretation of them to identify the resources that would be most helpful for you. Remember you can go back to your printed responses, the Interpretation and to the Elder's Advocate itself if your situation changes.