Plan for end-of-life treatment, nurses urge

Plan for end-of-life treatment, nurses urge
(Source: NBC)

(KAIT/NBC) - Talking about the end of life is an uncomfortable, but inevitable event. Why not plan for death as much as possible, just as we plan for life?

People in one class are thinking thoughts many of us try to avoid: "How would I want to die?"

It's called advance care planning, making decisions about future health care when you can choose for yourself.

Saint Alphonsus RN Margie Zamzow says every state has its own requirements for an advance directive, but most states honor those created in another state.

"What types of treatment you would want, what type of things are important to you at end of life, are there spiritual needs, are there some religious preferences that you would want to honor if you were end of life or not want to receive?" Zamzow said.

The directives can be updated and changed at any time, so it is recommended that you review your directive any time you have a health change.

For more information on end-of-life planning, click here.

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