End of Life Care: Hospice and Palliative Choices
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At the end of life, there are still choices to be made, medical issues to address. Do you want to be resuscitated? Do you want a feeding tube? Do you want pain relief? But what if you haven't shared these concerns with a family member or in writing somewhere? What if you don't know what the dying person wants in terms of quality of life or how long they will live? Sarah Spitz discusses end-of-life hospice care with two experts.
Banner image: Nurse Rachel Haenel embraces terminally ill 83-year-old Jackie Beattie, at the Hospice of Saint John on November 5, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
- Adam von Passow: hospice social worker
- Susan Block, MD: Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care