Chapter 1: Conversations about the future
I was so overwhelmed by everything and so overcome with grief that a family meeting was the last place I wanted to be. But it actually proved to be very helpful because the doctor was able to clarify a few things for me.
Family meetings that include everyone involved in care are a good way to get clarification for the patient, caregiver(s), family, and healthcare professionals about the goals of care, both for the patient and for the family. Click on the arrows below to see some important topics that can be discussed with the healthcare team.
What issues face the person who is ill and the caregiver(s)?
What additional care might the recipient need in the future?
What options are available for relieving pain and discomfort?
How will we get support if a home death is chosen?
Watch the video below for some suggestions and ideas around family meetings as part of determining goals of care and as a possible process in preparing an advanced care plan.
The importance of family meetings from Canadian Virtual Hospice on Vimeo.