Goal Focused Care: How To Choose The Most Appropriate Healthcare While In LTC

Planning for the future is something many do everyday.  Healthcare is no different. Every patient has the right to participate when deciding what kind of medical care is appropriate for them. This information is being offered to help patients and families in nursing homes clarify healthcare related goals and make important decisions about medical treatment.

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Making Difficult Decisions: Palliative Care vs Aggressive Treatment of Cancer

The following article is from the Washington Post, April 30/12.  It is by a woman diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, describing her experiences and reasons for choosing to not have aggressive treatment of the cancer.

It is similar to another article included on this website Acceptance: when to say stop (Waging Peace in the War on Cancer). Both articles offer a perspective for patients and their families when deciding whether to focus on a primary goal of comfort or cure in the face of an incurable disease.

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Goal Focused Care: How To Choose The Most Appropriate Healthcare While In Hospital

Planning for the future is something many do everyday.  Healthcare is no different. Every patient has the right to participate when deciding what kind of medical care is appropriate for them. This information is being offered to help patients and families in hospital clarify healthcare related goals and make important decisions about medical treatment.

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You’ve Just Been Told You Have CANCER: So Now What?

For most people, the word ‘cancer’ brings feelings of uncertainty about the future: what to do next, what to expect, what is the best medical treatment, and last (perhaps the most important) what will be the outcome? Learning as much as you can about your diagnosis and choices for treatment is the first step in taking control of a disease that is commonly viewed with a sense of apprehension and dread.

 

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The Downward Spiral: Predicting Survival For People Over The Age Of 70 And Who Are Admitted To Hospital

Everyone wants to live as long as possible but also as comfortable as possible – clean, dry, pain-free, and well fed.  Years ago most people died fairly quickly:  they were active until they developed pneumonia or some overwhelming infection from an injury.  Now, our drugs and technology can keep people alive for months or years but not necessarily without pain – chronic diseases can produce a “slow death”.

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It’s Your Life: Finding The Right Healthcare Goal

Every person has the option of choosing the most appropriate healthcare for their individual situation.  Sometimes knowing when to say ‘enough’ to certain treatments without seemingly ‘giving up hope’ can be a great concern as well as a challenge; but one which can ultimately lead to a sense of relief. The following information will help explain important healthcare choices based on an understanding of ‘Goal Focused Care’.

 

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How to Relieve Suffering

What is suffering? When people hear of someone „suffering., they typically think of “pain”.  But, it is more than that.  The American Century Dictionary defines suffering as “to undergo, experience, or be subject to pain, loss, grief, defeat, change, etc.”  And, Cassel defines it as “the state of severe distress associated with events that threaten the intactness of [the] person.”  

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