End of Life Care
End of life care is a very personal and private matter that has received a great deal of public attention because it impacts several components of healthcare delivery. In particular, patient and family satisfaction is largely impacted by care received towards the end of one’s life. Satisfaction can best be managed with advanced planning and consideration. The Kennedy Health Alliance, in conjunction with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, is taking a major step towards ensuring patient and family satisfaction in the end of life care with a series of innovative research projects aimed towards better understanding patient perspectives.
The Kennedy Health Alliance encourages patients to have conversations with their physicians about advanced care directives, documents which can help ensure every patient has their living wishes met throughout their life. These documents can be very detailed or more general, depending on what each individual patient prefers. We encourage patients of all ages, irrespective of health status to have meaningful conversations about end of life care with their physicians. While these are often difficult conversations to have, experience has taught us that patients who have these conversations usually feel more empowered about their medical care, and their families feel more secure that their loved ones are well taken care of.
For more information about end of life decision-making, please refer to the following resources:
- http://www.nj.gov/health/advancedirective/polst.shtml - This is a government initiated form that can help direct medical care during critical medical events. It takes very little time to complete and will become a part of your official medical records
- http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/ad/NewJersey.pdf - Comprehensive information about creating an advanced care directive, to ensure your medical care meets your wishes and values
Don’t have a primary care provider? Our physicians are trained to help you make the best decision about your long-term medical care.