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aging well

Do you have an advance directive?

An advance directive (living will):


Is a legal health care form that will

ensure your wishes are followed.


States the kind of care you want if you

are unable to make medical decisions.


Allows you to choose a person you

trust to make health care choices for you

when you can’t.

You can get the form at your

doctor’s office, a hospital or on

Gold Coast Health Plan’s website,


Hospice care

offers comfort






Chances are you have heard of

hospice care. But do you know

what it is?

Hospice care is

compassionate, end-of-life

care that helps people die with

dignity. It is for those who

need care during the last six

months of life, when they are

no longer getting treatments

aimed at curing them. It offers

support to relieve pain and

improve quality of life. It also

gives comfort to surviving

loved ones.

Hospice care is given where

the patient lives (at home, in

an assisted living or nursing

care facility, or in the hospital).

It relies on a team approach.

The patient’s loved ones serve

as the primary care givers.

They are supported by primary

care and hospice doctors,

nurses, home health aides,

social workers, counselors

(including clergy), and trained


If you or a loved one has a

serious illness, it may help to

know this kind of care exists.

Sources: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


e may come to a point in

our lives when age, illness

or disability makes it hard

for us to take care of ourselves or

for our families to care for us.

That’s when we might seek long-

term care. According to the U.S.

Department of Health and Human

Services, about 70 percent of

people age 65 and older will need

long-term care.

Different types of facilities

offer different care options. You

can learn more about them at


Making the move.


leaving home can be difficult, there

are benefits to moving into a home

with long-term care. Aides, nurses

and others are there to manage

health care and personal needs.

They may also offer help with

medications or treatment plans.

Cooking and cleaning are taken

care of, and help is available for

tasks such as bathing. The facility

may have group dining areas,

activity rooms and even an exercise

area. Family members are able to

visit. Every effort is made to ensure

that the place is homelike.

Perhaps the biggest gain that

long-term care offers is peace

of mind. There is access to help

whenever it’s needed.

The benefits of long-term care