A Project On The Geriatric Population

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Make Your Wishes Known The purpose of this assignment was to develop a project related to an issue that has been recognized in the geriatric population. After careful consideration, it was decided that an ongoing problem seen within healthcare was associated with end-of-life decision making. Specifically, individuals not knowing what resources are available to make their wishes known to their families and healthcare providers. By educating individuals, this enables them to make these difficult decisions in regards to their Advance Directives. Definition and Description of the Problem Advance Directives is legal documentation that allows a person to record his or her own “decisions about end of life care ahead of time” (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2016). These legal documents include Advance Care Plans, Appointment of Surrogate, Appointment of Health Care Proxy, Living Will, as well as Advance Directives for Medical Decisions (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2016). aThese documents serve to make patient wishes known and provide decision makers a road map for informed decision making regarding end-of-life care for those whom they have been entrusted to care for. Health care professionals often experience dilemmas of caring for patients who are unable or incapable of expressing their wishes for end-of-life care and treatment. Often, family members and decision makers are unaware of any legal documentation possessed by the patient, nor has the patient ever
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