Please conduct a virtual family meeting by clicking on the questions below in order to reveal each answer.
Your goal is to formulate a current advanced care plan.
Mrs Doherty, Iíd like to know what you think the future may hold for you health wise. Has anyone told you what to expect?
What are your goals for care?
Mr Doherty, how do you feel about your wifeís state of health?
How would you like to see your wifeís care proceed?
Mrs Doherty, given what we now know about your medical condition, how can we help you live well? What makes you happy?
My cardiologist said that my heart may not hold up much longer. She gets upset that my kidney blood tests go bad whenever she tries to fiddle with my medicines.
Well, I suppose I would like to live as well as possible for as long as possible, but not if it means Iím in pain and unable to do anything but lie in a bed. Iíd also like to stay living with Ben in our home.
Well, it concerns me a great deal, especially seeing how much she has deteriorated recently. I just wish I could do more to help her and to make her feel better. Sometimes I feel a bit hopeless.
The thought of Katherine being in pain and poor health is the worst. I worry that she needs more care and that I canít provide it for her. I donít want us to be separated if she goes to a nursing home.
Well, Iíd like her to be able to stay here at home for as long as possible. But I know sheís not getting the care she needs. Iíve been trying my best, but with my eyes, I canít manage all of it on my own.
Being able to spend time as much time as possible with Benjamin would be all I could ask for at this stage. I want to read with him as much as we can, and enjoy the outdoors and a cup of tea in the sun.
I want to keep spending time with Tinker and Maroney, if possible. They bring me so much joy. And of course, our friends from our old neighbourhood and from the community centre.