Here are some suggestions of what to consider when contacting a local hospice and how you can make the end-of-life stage easier for you and your family.
|Draw up a living will to make known what you want done if you require artificial life support.|
|Create an advance directive that gives authority to another person to make decisions about your health if you can no longer do so.|
|Encourage your family and close friends to create their own advance directives.|
|Discuss your preferences, choices and thoughts with your family and friends.|
|Discuss your preferences with your physician or other medical provider.|
|Get information about the types of services offered by hospice and how it is paid for.|
|Identify local resources providing hospice services.|