Dr. Cook leads conversation on end-of-life planning; event open to the public
SARANAC LAKE – Few conversations are more challenging for a family than end-of-life planning.
To help guide the conversation so families and caregivers can provide a supporting and loving environment during the dying process, Adirondack Health is hosting a community gathering lead by Dr. George S. Cook at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Dr. Cook will moderate an informal discussion around the concept of medical ethics and the actions to support a dignified death. A question and answer period follows the presentation.
“It takes preparation to ensure we all die with grace and in peace,” said Dr. Cook. “This means sharing our final wishes, whatever they may be, with family and caregivers. Medical ethics, end-of-life planning and end-of-life care ought to be understood, discussed and when necessary acted upon in a timely manner by not waiting until it is too late.”
The first step is understanding the concept of medical ethics and the value they have throughout one’s life to foster a positive interaction with the medical profession. This concept is especially valuable when confronted with emotionally charged patient and family decisions in the final years or months of life. Medical ethics can be distilled down to four interactive “boxes,” which include the clinician, wishes of the patient, the anticipated impact of a medical intervention and the family and other forces influencing a patient’s decisions.
In addition to discussing a range of end-of-life trajectories, Dr. Cook will cover Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), along with a growing list of therapeutic choices available to individuals during the final stages of life and a “to-do” list of practical advice for families and caregivers.
Everyone is encouraged to attend this important discussion.