"What’s the difference between being a 'patient' and being a 'person'? Often, 'patient' means you’re suffering. Something is wrong with you. Ideally, you would never be treated like this in your own home. As you try to do your best to manage the situation, you deserve respect over constant nagging."
These words are taken from a booklet titled Is Palliative Care Right for You?, written by Kevin J. Haselhorst, MD that is, in essence, a checklist about how we can decide if palliative care (comfort care) is right for our us or a loved one.
Dr. Hasselhorst wrote one of the best books that I've read on end-of-life care titled "Wishes to Die For: A Caregiver's Guide to Advance Care Directives," which I reviewed on this blog. Full disclosure: I also wrote the foreword for the second edition but I am not financially involved in these projects.
Like his book, this checklist is available on Amazon. It's well worth a read if you are seriously considering palliative care or even if you are simply curious.
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