Holiday Table Talk

CompassionCare Hospice

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The holiday season always brings families together and can serve as a prime opportunity to have a conversation about what you and your loved ones want at the end of life. Some of the considerations you may discuss can include: the use of a breathing machine, starting dialysis, if you want to be resuscitated if you stop breathing, feeding tubes, or whether or not you wish to donate your organs someday.

Every year, some 12 million Americans need home services due to illness, disability, or end-of-life care. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent pass away in hospital and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 have actually done so.

Having a plan and making concrete decisions not only relieves your loved-0nes of these tough calls, but it also ensures that d

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