No matter how far off it may be, it is difficult to think about an end-of-life plan. Talking about it with your family can be even harder. But your loved ones are here to help you. Share with them how you feel, what is important to you and what you want out of your care.
Having a plan in place can help you cope and help ease the process for you and your loved ones. In the long run, it can ease stress, anxiety and emotional distress.
Starting the discussion with your doctor about your care needs can lead you to local palliative and hospice care resources. An interdisciplinary hospice team (e.g., your doctor, hospice physician, nurse, home health aide, social worker and others) will have helpful resources to support you and your loved ones, including: