CBA-NS - Joint Section Meeting - Women's Forum & Elder Law Section
What does your parent/elderly client want the most: Starting the Conversation
The Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association provides resources and education to encourage discussions about people's wishes and choices in the event they are not able to speak for themselves. These discussions may include preferences for what people want for themselves in terms of their health care, personal care or when faced with challenges regarding their mobility and ability to care for themselves. These are not necessarily just end of life decisions, and are not necessarily restricted to elderly people, although they likely are the largest group. Instead they are aimed at what matters most to individuals in terms of their quality of life. Many of us are in the sandwich generation caring for both our own families as well as aging parents. While practitioners may find it challenging to engage in these discussions with their clients, the discussion may be even more difficult when it is our own parent or grand-parent who is involved.
- Colleen Cash, Hospice Association