|What is abundantly clear is that aged people requiring on-going care should not be cared for in a hospital. Hospitals are to make people well, not to care for them in their dying days/months/years. Yet our hospitals are full of aged-people. Emergency Wards are full of aged-people who have grown too much for their house-bound carers. On one of my numerous trips to hospital with my father during 2007, an ER nurse asked me why he had gone to hospital in an ambulance, and I had to tell her that I really had no idea. She smiled wanly, and said she had a fair idea. Old people get scared they are going to die. Their carers get scared that the old person is going to die. At least if she were to die in hospital, the carer can rest, assured she has done everything possible. Old people ARE going to die, and it is best they die at home. If that is not possible, they should die in an aged-care facility. |
What sort of aged-care facility? For mine, there are two requirements: the facility should be as close as possible; and the facility should be prepared to follow the old person's (or their legally responsible person) medical wishes. If you agree to become the person "responsible" then you have to get a legally attested "Enduring Power of Attorney" and a legally attested AND registered Enduring Guardianship. The PoA enables you to make financial decisions on behalf of the person being cared for. The EG allows you to make health and lifestyle choices for her. If she is deemed incapable of making these decisions (as was my father), you apply to the Guardianship Tribunal under your state Attorney-General's Department. It is laborious and requires annual returns, so is much better if the person is compos-mentis. I am of the opinion that, if the aged person is incapable of making this decision, then the entire process has been left too long. But that is just my opinion. There is a lot of greed for more time as we age. It is our "entitlement". We have a right to life-saving intervention, no matter how old and how frail. If we want to live forever, then we should be given every chance to do so.