If you are faced with making healthcare decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions, ask the medical staff these 7 questions:

  • What is the care plan? What are the benefits and risks?
  • How often should we reassess the care plan?
  • If we try using the ventilator to help with breathing and decide to stop, how will that be done?
  • If my family member is dying, why does he or she have to be connected to all those tubes and machines? Why do we need more tests?
  • What is the best way for our family to work with the care staff?
  • How will I make sure to get daily updates on my family member’s condition?

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