End Of Life Care Case Study

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1.Discuss at least three components of hospice care. Then, compare these elements to other forms of life options. What form of end-of-life care would you want for yourself? Why? (SLO 4c: Chapter 6)

Three different components of hospice care are the interdisciplinary hospice team, patient centered care, and pain control (Leming and Dickenson, 2016). The hospice team includes several levels of care centered on the patient and their family. Hospice emphasizes the patient making their own decisions with the support of heath care professionals. The next part of the team is the caregiving staff; physicians and nurses that provide direct medical care. This team also includes use of a hospice social worker, a chaplain, financial counselor, home health
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R., & Dickinson, G. E. (2016). Understanding dying, death, and bereavement (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
2. What is the difference between active and passive euthanasia? Compare the rights of the individual vs. the rights of society in determining when death should occur. (Understanding death, dying and bereavement, Chapter 8.)
Passive euthanasia is the process of allowing the patient to die. An example would be withholding medical treatment or removing life support. Active euthanasia is where the patient is helped to die. Assisted suicide is a good example of active euthanasia (Leming & Dickinson, 2016, p. 266-270). Many people make a moral distinction between active and passive euthanasia. They think that it is acceptable to withhold treatment and allow a patient to die, but that it is never acceptable to kill a patient by a deliberate act. Passive euthanasia is supported by people who agree with sanctity of life and quality of life perspectives. The quality of life perspective is when life no longer has quality to it. In this situation death is preferable to a life devoid of meaning. People who prefer active euthanasia use the term self-deliverance to describe the life of the terminally ill patient ending. They believe the self-deliverance should be considered a positive action that will provide a permanent solution to long term pain and suffering of someone with a terminal condition. I personally think that it should be the patient’s decision to decide
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Each person has the right to control his or her body and life and so should be able to determine at what time, in what way and by whose hand he or she will die. Death should be a private matter, with the patient making the decision and no one should have a right to interfere with their choice. If the patient is terminally ill, is suffering and in constant pain a patient should have the right to die if that is what they choose. I do not feel that society should have a say so when death should occur. When and if a decision needs to be made for euthanasia, whether passive or active, the matter should be a decision that is made by the individual. It may be that the individual talks with their family and comes to the decision together, but I would not want anyone making that type of decision for me except for myself or my family if I am incapacitated and cannot voice my

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