Suggestions for Hospice Planning

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.

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