End of Life Planning: How to Discuss and Address Questions about End of Life Care
A study by Stanford University reports that 80 percent of people would prefer to die at home, yet only 20 percent actually do. End-of-life care describes the time in a patient’s life when care shifts from curative to palliative, providing relief and comfort at the end of life. We’ll discuss the kinds of care available to patients and families in Maine, what common challenges people face, as well as the legal matters that need to be addressed when planning for end-of-life issues.
Daryl Cady, CEO, Hospice of Southern Maine
Peter Plumb, founding partner, Murray Plumb & Murray in Portland
Dr. Bill Frank, board certified family practitioner, practiced in Sanford for 36 years; covering physician with Hospice of Souther Maine; president of medical staff at Southern Maine Health Care; medical examiner
- Stanford School of Medicine Palliative Care: Where Do Americans Die?
- The Conversation Project, dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care
- AARP: Why All Adults Should Have a Living Will
- MaineHealth: Advance Directives
- Maine Legal Services For The Elderly: Powers of Attorney
- PBS NewsHour: 5 things you should know about end-of-life conversations