Brentwood Hospice News: Assisted Suicide or Murder?

hands paintIn a recent article detailing a mother’s agony over letting go of her daughter, a reporter describes a 12-year-old girl’s daily suffering with pain.  Not being able to eat, drink, talk or walk on her own, Nancy Fitzmaurice was granted the right to die in the United Kingdom.  What about the elderly?  With advancements in medical technology, older adults are living longer but not necessarily longer quality lives.  The top reason why most people choose to die by euthanasia is pain.  If you have ever witnessed a loved one’s health deteriorate over time, you may sympathize with Nancy Fitzmaurice’s mother who wanted to put an end to her daughter’s suffering.

Is euthanasia a form of murder?  Would you support euthanasia for your elderly loved one if he or she is in too much pain?  In California, physician-assisted suicide is illegal, but families are allowed to pull the plug on someone if there seems to be no hope for their terminally ill loved one.

Hospice care for the terminally ill continues to be refined by experts who pay attention to the needs of the elderly.  The elderly and terminally ill patients benefit from hospice care services such as spiritual and emotional counseling, incontinence care, meal preparation, daily light housekeeping, laundry, and end-of-life care and planning.  Hospice caregiver and companions are usually assigned by medical doctors who expect a 6-month life span or shorter for their patients.  However, you don’t have to wait until then to hire a hospice caregiver.  Everyone deserves a better quality of life whether they have six months or six years left to live.  Pain is pain, and everyone deserves to improve their life now.

Call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website for information about hospice care services.  We cover Brentwood, Culver City, Century City, Malibu, Santa Monica, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County. 

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