The health care needs of those with chronic and serious life-threatening illnesses are definitely complexed. I also emphatically recognize that dying is the ultimate ending to life’s journey.
It is sad to say that our health care system has come to acknowledge “the right to die” through the almighty dollar. Medicaid workers are now being instructed to “encourage” patients NOT to call 911 and hospitals are being penalized for too many ED visits from the chronically-ill.
The light at the end of this “tunnel” (or more commonly called our continuum of care) is that quality of life care rather than quantity of days’ care is becoming more the trend. Internet input and social media have increased consumer awareness and the health care system now uses the phrase “patient-centered care.”
Our responsibility now lies in transitioning those qualities of life decisions into a peaceful end-of-life experience. Because people are accustomed to living-at-all-costs and not to peaceful comfortable dying experience, this shift in awareness is challenging to accomplish.
I do believe in honest compassion, trusting rapport, and unconditional support.
That is to say….Progressive Palliative Care can slowly but surely allow us to live with dignity based on our individual sense of quality until we take our final curtain call.