End of Life Options (EOLO)
Introduction to End of Life Options
It is never too early to learn about the full range of end-of-life options that are available as we age and/or become seriously ill or injured. Understanding these options are critical as we plan for our future health care decisions through advance care planning— by completing advance directive forms, through discussions with our healthcare providers and loved ones, and by appointing a health care surrogate decision-maker (or medical proxy) should we become incapacitated.
Forgo or Cease Treatment
A legal right to refuse medical treatment even if that treatment is necessary to sustain life. These life sustaining interventions can include ventilators, feeding tubes and pacemakers.
This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Hospice is a program in which an interdisciplinary team of caregivers provides comfort, support and dignity to terminally ill people when medical treatment is no longer expected to cure the disease or prolong life.
Palliative Care Specialized care focusing on relief of symptoms and help with treatment decisions.
Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking
VSED: a legal right for any individual who wishes to shorten their dying process by refusing nourishment orally or through a tube.
Medical Aid in Dying
Medical aid in dying is a medical practice that allows mentally capable, terminally ill adults to request a prescription for life-ending medication from their health care provider.
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