Family Working Together as a Unit
The whole family approach is critical with death and dying. Care managers are often engaged to help facilitate the discussions at end of life, and help family members come together to work as a functional unit.
Understanding the differing viewpoints is critical
Knowing what a parent wants and does not want during the last days and hours of life help define and simplify the role of the family. It relieves the family of the burden of having the responsibility of making decisions which may not be what their parents want, and can also avoid family conflicts when adult children may have differing values.” Proactive discussions and legal planning can help to reduce some of the potential conflicts.
Major Family Issues at End of Life
I found myself with a family member dealing with end of life issues. The
issues were: money as the elderly man would need to have 24-hour care to return home to die and where he would return home, as although the son was unsure, everyone agreed that the son’s home where all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered was the best place.
The most important was should the elderly man withdraw dialysis and extreme measures that were not saving his life. He was competent and had chosen this.
Issues Solved by A FamilyMeeting
All, these problems were solved by two things. The man’s physicians helped him understand the dialysis would not save him from dying. Then a family meeting with hospice and his care managed home care agency LivHome the son and his wife, and myself was set up using the whole family approach.
Hospice facilitated the discussion. The end result was to move to the son’s home, with 24-hour care and Hospice, where the entire family, were gathered in and out all day and the old man died a ” Good Death” knowing that his family surrounded him.
Deliver a Good End of Life- Add Death and Dying to Your Care Management Agency
Serve Your Client until Death Do You Part
Join me Thursday March 11 and learn why End of Life Services Are a perfect new service for care managers
In this 1 ½ -hour webinar you will learn how to
1.Transition the patient/family through the five stages of death
2.Help clients be active participants in their care
3.Give the family/caregiver tools to manage care
4 Provide family center care to caregiver and family
5 Choose the right support services through all stages of death
6.Introduce Hospice and Palliative care and work with their team
7 Use ALCA End of Life Benefits During COVID
8.Use COVID -19 Family Coaching for GCM
Gwendolyn LAZO Harris MA, CT, Seniors at Home, San Francisco and Diane LeVan MA both highly expert care managers, created a seminal chapter “Palliative Care and End of Life Care Manager ” in my book Care Manager’s Working With the Aging Family