It’s a conversation few of us want to have, but it’s imperative to have it. “It” refers to talking to loved ones — often our aging parents — about their health and medical care, including at the end of life. These are some of the most vital topics we should address.
A shift in health care toward reduced hospital stays and an aging population are both factors that make caring for a friend or family member at home a growing part of today’s health care scene. Caring for someone medically outside the traditional hospital setting is not a new idea. Well before modern medicine, people were cared for at home out of necessity.