End of Life Care

“When the journey of advance care planning is successful, it fosters a sense of control and peace of mind, for both you and your loved ones.” –Gail Austin Cooney, M.D.

With persons living longer lives and technology advancing so rapidly, planning for end-of-life care becomes a critical concern.

Talking with family members and other loved ones and planning for end-of-life care not only increases the chances for better quality of life, it also increases choices.

The Department of Elder Affairs in collaboration with the Florida Partnership for End-of-Life Care has an excellent publication (2005) called, “Making Choices: A Guide to End-of-Life Planning” which contains articles on subjects such as:

  • Life Planning
  • Communicating End-of-Life Choices
  • Advance Directives
  • Stategies for Advance Care Planning
  • Bereavement and Final Arrangements

The publication also includes important resources for end-of-life choices.

We encourage you to begin reflecting about your goals for end-of-life care, identify what you do and don’t want, and communicate and document such thoughts to loved ones and those involved in your health care.

“Confronting our own mortality is nothing new to the human condition. Life-sustaining devices and the inevitable choices about using them have, however, conjured up a new confrontation with our mortality. In the end, such choices are not only about dying; they are about living, too.” –William Allen, J.D.