Palliative Care to Hospice and Now Physician Aid in Dying?

Joni

Palliative Care to Hospice and Now Physician Aid in Dying?

Joni
question-423604_640Hello all,

As a caregiver of both my father prior to his passing and now my mother, as well as being a registered nurse with a multitude of healthcare experiences, I have to sit back and truly contemplate how we care for those in need.  Believe me, after seeing many go through struggles of disease processes, I could not be more of a strong advocate for palliative care and hospice care. I have found both personally and professionally the value of palliative care for those who struggle with chronic disease states. And as far as hospice, I am also a strong believer of the benefits hospice provides not only the patient but also the family caregiver and other family members.

I had the opportunity to attend a Grand Rounds seminar yesterday at the medical center I work at. The topic was on Physician Assisted Suicide. Gosh, for me that opens up so many ethical areas when it comes to life and futility and what the patient may want.  I reside in California, where this law is coming thru for legalization. But honestly, there are so many gray areas that I simply cannot wrap my brain around it.  Let alone the issues that arise ethically. Are we going to extremes? For those of us who are Christian's, does this go against our beliefs? I have to sit back and really think. Doesn't palliative care and hospice provide the patient and family the care and compassion and assistance to relieve most suffering?  I definitely have more questions then answers but wanted to share and also get other's thoughts.

Thanks for reading and blessings to you for the caregiving your provide!

Joni