Bereavement Support & Advance Directives

Advanced Directives Bereavement

Help During a Difficult Time:

Nevada Hospice Care delivers a full range of services to help people through a challenging time in their lives. We provide coordinated care and support to patients and their families with a range of options that match their particular needs. Help with an advance directive to the end of life bereavement support for the family. But first hospice care often begins with routine home care. It includes several specialized services, each guided by the individual’s care pattern that is needed.

Nevada Hospice Care gives a considerable number of options to each patient and their families. These include what our care goals are, how it is delivered, and the level of social, emotional, and clinical support each individual will require.

End of Life Cycle Planning

Most often than not, many people find their end-of-life care painful to talk about, less alone plan for. Since the coming of Hospice, most people now have bright ideas on how they would like their final days, weeks, or months of their life span to appear.

The most credible way to ensure that your end-of-life desires are met is through the establishment of an advance directive. These advance directives are a legal document that spells out one’s last hopes and wishes for family members and health care providers. They will list different kinds of care and interventions that you will want or will not like in the effect that you are seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself. Not only will an advance directive care plan legally define your end-of-life wishes, but it will also avoid crises. This will relieve your family, designated caregivers, and healthcare team from the burden of having to make those decisions for you.

What Do You Want Near The End Of Life?

It’s not convenient, but you need to talk to others about the medical treatments you might like as you edge closer to the end of your life. What if you never brought up your end-of-life decisions, and you were suddenly injured and unable to speak for yourself? Would you be confident that your family or medical team would do the same treatment plan for you that you would like?

Given the urgency of the topic, only 27 percent of Americans have been reported to have addressed end-of-life care with their families and friends for proper management. The easiest way to make your medical desires recognized is to establish and communicate an advance directive plan with your family, friends, and, of course, your doctors.

Nevada Hospice Care Honors Your End of Life Wishes

Speaking to your doctor, loved ones, and care team about end-of-life is never as easy as many people think. Still, very importantly, this should be discussed. Studies have shown that formalizing your desires has an impactful dividend on the end-of-life quality.

Make Sure Your Values and Preferences are Honored

A sizeable number of studies have shown the benefits of an advance directive. If you receive hospice care, your end-of-life wishes are more likely to be recognized, followed, and honored when you have an advanced directive plan in place. On this note, we encouraged you to know how to continue the conversation about your end-of-life plans and wishes. Nevada Hospice Care will be more than happy to help individuals with getting this process started.

Compassionate Extubation: When is it Time to Remove a Ventilator?

The act of compassionate extubation (The removal of ventilatory support to alleviate the suffering in a patient and allow for a humane natural death.) is frequently followed by distress and confusion for the family of the patient.

Hospice extubation aims for a secure and dignified death regardless of where the patient calls home. Nevada Hospice Care presents the necessary resources to meet the mental, social, medical, and spiritual needs of the patient.

Regardless of where the extubation occurs, the following are satisfied:

  • The patient and family’s wishes are honored.
  • The pain and distress of the patient will be managed.
  • Respiratory and music therapists are available to maintain the comfort of the patient..
  • The underlying condition is the cause of death, not the method of ventilation removal.
  • Bereavement specialists, Chaplains, and other support groups will be available to friends and family.

Living Wills & Advanced Directives:

Advance Directives

An advance directive is a legal document that allows people to prepare their end-of-life desires. This gives family members and your medical team specific knowledge of how to carry out your last days. When you develop your advance plan, you are being mindful of your medical treatment. This also is protecting your loved ones in a time of crisis from having to make your tough medical decisions. Don’t wait for a disaster, create your advance directive plan immediately. Share copies with your loved ones and doctor(s), and keep your copy in position for others to find. Advance directives are the simplest and most reliable way to ensure that your desires for end-of-life treatment are understood and followed, as you declared. These articles will help you build simple instructions for what you desire for your end-of-life care.

What is an Advance Directive?

Advance Directive is a guideline that provides health care professionals with a specific treatment, and the patient needs when they become seriously ill and are unable to speak for themselves. This document consists of two parts: a medical power of attorney and a living will.

Records for the Advance Directive are legally recognized in each state. All the same, each state has a specific set of criteria for using these tools. Visit: to download an easy to follow guide, or click on the link below

Download & Print Advance Directives for The State of Nevada

The following steps are a general guide to making sure your end-of-life decisions are honored:

  • Decide for yourself what kind of care you would want, and what type of care you do not want
  • Discuss your end-of-life wishes with your family and your physicians
  • Determine the end-of-life care options available to you
  • Document it, so it’s clear and concise for all who read it

While many people find it difficult to speak about these subjects, they often have bright ideas on how they would like them to be handled. Early care planning is the best thing you can do for yourself, friends, and family.

Living Will

Advance directives embody a living will, which defines a patient’s choice of medical treatment. This outlines what should and should not be done when you are unable to express your treatment preferences for yourself. Without having a medical power of attorney’s giving professional authority, living will’s fail to provide a proxy the ability to make decisions on your behalf.

Power of Attorney

Another aspect of the advance directive is the long-standing power of attorney to make health decisions. This requires you to nominate a representative to speak about your interests and preferences whenever you can’t speak for yourself due to a disease, injury, or inability. You should appoint a trusted family member, close friend, or anyone who knows your interests and values to make healthcare decisions on your behalf, psychologically and emotionally. Start a conversation with this chosen person regarding your end-of-life wishes to be sure that your health care proxy knows your existing thoughts and way of thinking.

Tips for Improving Your Advance Directives

One crucial step in determining your end-of-life wishes is to establish an advance directive, which is often dubbed a living will, attorney’s healthcare power, or physician orders for life-sustaining treatment. Additionally, an advance directive is a written document designed to instruct medical personnel about how to proceed with your treatment if you are mentally/ cognitively impaired.

Suppose you have an advance directive, great, but a written document doesn’t guarantee its implementation. The following are a few suggestions to help ensure that your advance directives are being carried out.

  • Select a healthcare surrogate with the courage and buoyance to speak on your behalf. This will include every time you go to the hospital, rehabilitation home, when an ambulance picks you up, or you go to a different health care provider. The surrogate should always have your advance directives in hand..
  • Educate yourself on medical care at the end-of-life. Such as resuscitation and life-sustaining medication. It’ll give a better insight into what your decisions might mean.
  • Share with the surrogate, your friends, and family members your advance directives to have a grasp of what your intentions are, which is essential.
  • Make sure to discuss your advance directives with your doctors and other medical practitioners. When you change physicians or introduce specialists, speak with these potential members about your advance directives.
  • As time goes on, your feelings about end-of-life decisions may change, which means a yearly update of your advance directives should be taken into consideration.
  • Make sure your advance directives are easy to find. Keep a copy safe at home; send copies to your primary health care provider, family, and friends. Smartphone apps and websites save your advance directive electronically, so it is always accessible whenever you wish. If you make any changes to your advance directives, make sure you replace the old document with the new ones in all the places you stored it.
  • Consult your doctor to be sure that the medical report indicates that you have fulfilled an advance directive and where to locate a duplicate.

The Goal

You will want to make sure that when you can’t talk for yourself, the people you love and trust are focused on what you wish to do. Keep in mind if your wishes are specified states but not in an advanced directive, a family member or doctor may alter the outcome. This is as simple as merely claiming to know better than you. To ensure that everyone is aware of your end-of-life wishes, complete an advance directive while still in a clear cognitive state of mind. This necessary step will ensure your decisions are taken and executed according to your wishes.


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