Doctors, nurses and other carers can play an important role during the final days of life, but their advice and treatments will not be geared toward extending life. But they can give relief to whatever discomfort a dying person is experiencing.
Examples of these are:
- adjusting the temperature of the room to the person’s needs
- control any smells that the person may sense
- make the bed as comfortable as possible
- provide mouth care
- find best way to give medicines
- decrease discomfort from fevers
- look for signs of bedsores particularly in places where bones are prominent, such as buttocks, heels, hips and elbows
- serve what or she wants to eat
This act of taking care of the residents who are dying is a very great help for the family members as well. For they see their love ones dying with less pain due to the physical problems.
There will come a time in the course of many diseases when further medical help are no longer applicable in improving the person’s condition. At this point, you may need to discuss to the older person and the family whether they want or not further medical treatment like resuscitation. If the decision is ‘NO’, make sure that everyone who is helping care for the person knows that no more emergency treatments needed. When the person is obviously nearing the end of life, calling "911" will likely result in further discomfort to the dying.
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