What is Necessary

There are health care topics that are necessary and some that no longer need to be priorities when people are in end-of-life care.

Priorities:  pain and yes bowel management…when these two symptoms are unmanaged there can be so many complications.  Problems like irritability, lethargy, lack of appetite, withdrawing from socializing and then of-course poor sleep.

Lower Priorities:  complicated and large meals, recurrent visits to the medical doctor and ingestion of multiple medications/supplements.  Simplicity is really a blessing to a person whose body is “slowing or shutting” down.  Things will not be what they used to be and new goals will need to be set.

Realistic goals for a dying person will take emotional pressures off of them and allow their body to adjust to the natural changes going on inside.

What questions or examples do you have when evaluating priorities of care???

About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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