The best time to plan for
end-of-life care is while you’re fairly healthy. And a good person to start with is your
healthcare provider. Once you have made your decisions and plans, share them with family
members and other care providers.
Discuss the different kinds of
supportive care you might want and for how long. Ask about the quality of life linked to
different choices. Having this discussion with your healthcare provider can help you
think more clearly about options you might want--and not want--at the end of life. In
addition to your healthcare provider, there are others who can also help:
Palliative care providers. These healthcare providers focus on lessening
pain and other symptoms of long-term and serious conditions.
Hospice representatives. These healthcare providers offer end-of-life
Religious advisors or clergy members. Hospitals have pastoral
Social workers. Hospitals also employ these professionals.
Counselors or therapists.
There are also many resources available online.