The staff at Hoag understand that this is a difficult time for you and
your family. Realizing this, and anticipating the anxiety and fear you
may experience while caring for your loved one, we have provided information
to help you understand and respond to the symptoms indicative of impending death.
The end of life process is unique to each person. We encourage you to
use the guidelines on the End of Life web pages to understand this process,
and realize that not all of these described symptoms will appear at the
same time, and some may never appear. These symptoms are merely the natural
progression of the body as it prepares for the final stage of life. For
some individuals, this process could take months, for others, hours or
days. The hospital staff is here to answer questions, provide support
and assist you in any way possible. You and your family are encouraged
to utilize the support services provided by Hoag.
If your loved one has an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) or another
advance care directive, please provide a copy to the medical staff. An
AHCD designates a decision maker if your loved one is incapable of understanding
a proposed treatment or becomes unable to communicate their wishes regarding
care. Hospital staff and practioners who provide care in the hospital
shall comply with these directives. All patient's rights apply to
the person who has legal responsbility to make decisions regarding medical
care on your behalf. If an AHCD is not available, and your loved one wants
life-sustaining procedures to be withheld, the physician can write an order.
If your loved one returns home from the hospital, please consult with
your physician or nurse about appropriate life-sustaining procedures.
Remember to pay attention to your own needs during this difficult time.
Get plenty of rest, eat a well-balanced diet and exercise. Be aware of
symptoms of stress and fatigue, such as headaches, nausea, heartburn or
shortness of breath.
Please feel free to contact Hoag Social Services at 949-764-8225 and Hoag
Pastoral Care at 949/764-8358 for emotional and spiritual support. We
are available to help you during this time of uncertainty.
To learn more,
download a brochure on comfort, care and support for end of life.
A guide to Comfort Care Orders: