End of Life Care

The end-of-life care paradigm is shifting: less intervention, more empathy.

When fully informed, the vast majority of people say they would choose to die at home, not in a hospital bed attached to tubes and machines. 

A frank discussion (now often referred to as The Conversation) among the provider, patient and family about available procedures and realistic outcomes is crucial to help individuals die the way they want to. 

A national movement urging all citizens to consider their end of life goals, talk to their loved ones and prepare advance directives and living wills is underway.  If a patient is no longer able to make health care decisions, these simple documents can save families much unnecessary confusion and anguish.  But only 23 percent of people have actually put their end-of-life wishes in writing. And only 7 percent have had an end-of-life conversation with their doctor.

For more information and resources for both providers and patients, please visit the South Carolina Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) website.

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