MORE TOPICS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE AGENT
o Would you want the following medical treatments?
- Kidney Dialysis (if kidneys not working)
- CPR (used if heart stops working)
- Respirator (unable to breathe)
- Artificial nutrition (unable to eat food)
- Artificial hydration (unable to drink fluids)
o Imagine that you are in a permanent coma and dependent on a feeding tube. Would your medical decisions be guided by any particular religious beliefs or spiritual values?
o Are some conditions worse than death? If you are housebound, in severe discomfort or pain most of the time, would you want medical treatments to keep you alive?
o Discuss your current health status and, if any medical problems, how do they affect your ability to function?
o Do you think that your own doctor should make the final decision about any medical treatments you may require?
o Would you want to have a hospice team or other palliative care (i.e., comfort care) available to you?
o Do you have any fears regarding health care and/or death?
o Do you want to donate parts of your body for transplantation or medical research?
o What are your thoughts about a memorial or religious service? Where would you like your remains placed? Do you want to be buried or cremated?Tags: advance directive, Alzheimer's disease, end of life issues, Health Care Agent, incapacitated, life sustaining treatments, Living Will, medical decisions