Yes, it is a good idea to take your loved one's personal items home. This will prevent them from getting lost. It is important that the nurse writes down the items that you are taking home so they know they are safe. If you choose to keep the items with your family in ICU it is also important for the nurse to write down what is staying on the admission sheet.
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What are the roles and responsibilities of a medical surrogate?
National Kidney Foundation answeredThe role and responsibilities of a medical surrogate, as well as the types of decisions the surrogate may make, may vary from state to state, depending on the laws of that state. Generally, the surrogate must follow your wishes. For more information about naming a surrogate and about the laws in your state, you may speak with an attorney or the social worker at your unit. To obtain copies of the forms used in your state, you may contact your local or state bar association.
What are the benefits of having an advance care directive?
Research suggests that as many as 40% of older adults haven't thought about advance care planning and that 90% haven't documented their wishes for end-of-life care. Preparing for a time when you may be too ill to make your own medical decisions is an important step -- especially in view of research suggesting that more than one-quarter of elderly Americans lack the capacity to make their own medical care decisions at the end of life.
Think ahead and prepare an advance care directive (ACD). This will ensure that your doctor, family and friends are aware of your healthcare preferences.
An ACD empowers you to determine how the end of your life will happen and empowers your family with guidance on how to ensure your decisions are respected when the time comes. Research shows that patients and their families report significantly less stress, anxiety and depression when an ACD is in place.
By considering your options early, you can ensure the quality of life that is important to you while avoiding treatments that may be futile. Consider how you feel about treatment approaches such as feeding tubes and life-support machines, as well as organ donation, before you reach a crisis point. You need to be able to evaluate these measures rationally, during normal times, and while you are able to effectively communicate your wishes.
An ACD also frees your loved ones from the pressure of having to make critical medical care decisions for you while they are under stress or in emotional turmoil. If your health takes a turn for the worse, it provides peace of mind to know that your doctors have a blueprint in place to guide them in how they treat you and a statement of any treatment refusal decisions you have made.
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