Important Decisions

If you or a loved one has a life threatening or chronic illness, you will face many health care decisions.

The use of life-prolonging measures, such as ventilators, CPR, and feeding tubes, can be stressful topics for families to discuss.  These topics should be considered and talked about with your family and doctor because in many cases individuals with life-threatening illnesses have much less chance of benefitting from these advanced medical technologies. Many people fear being in pain at the end of life, yet they are hesitant to use prescription pain medications like morphine. Additionally, talking about death in any capacity is difficult for people, especially when considering their own end-of-life preferences.

Hospice of the Red River Valley offers several resources and can help guide your decisions and conversations with your family and loved ones.

Knowledge and education can ease some of the stress and decision-making that accompanies a chronic or life-threatening illness, while possibly improving the quality of life for you or your loved one. We encourage you to empower yourself through learning more about important health care decisions and discussing your preferences with your family.