Education about our role as caregivers and patients, our rights, the problems we face, how to talk to our doctor and how to be aware of each medication given or taken help us to become strong and to be an advocate for others.
When we know what the church teaches it helps to makes very clear the appropriate response to the issues which we face.
The hospital and the "attending Physician" in a life support situation, can judge that your loved one is considered "futile care" patient. That means that it is a waste of time, personal, and equipment to keep this person alive by staying hooked up to life support. This is their judgement and they will tell you that if within two days if there is not some sign of improvement they will take your loved one off Life Support. You are given the option of 10 Days to meet with hospital medical board (a very intimidating experience) and plead your case and told to look for a facility that will receive him. If he(she) can breath on his own then treatment will continue as long as he is breathing on his own. If not, of course he dies!
This law is solely to protect the hospital and doctors from being sued in a "wrongful death" law suite.
Every patient entering a Hospital, Nursing Home, Rehab Center or any other medical facility accepted by your state a medical, will be given a copy of the Patient's Bill of Rights. This is another protection for the hospital and the doctors. It gives you the right to choose DEATH not the right to LIFE.
Both of these documents tell your final wishes of the care you wish to recieve or do not want to be used. There two things that go wrong here. First of all, if you live in a state where there is a "futile care law". That document of yours is not worth anything. In other words, it is no good and the hospital can ignore your wishes, directions, no matter how strongly they are worded are overridden by the hospital and medical team and your request will be marked as "Futile Care".
Dispite all of this, one should always have a truly Protective Medical Decisions Document.
Without one you are truly left in the hands
Free Info Packet
Our outreach includes conference presentations, workshops, seminars, a newsletter "Living Today in the Palm of His Hand" and a complete Information Packet on End of Life Issues for those desiring to join in this struggle against euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. This will also help with informing their family and friends of the misinformation and will help them to prepare for taking the appropriate action before being faced with a health care crisis.
We are offering our Information on End of Life Issues Packet Free of charge + $3.50 postage. This packed has been endorsed by Fr. Frank Pavone, and is an excellent resource for educating and empowering you and others to be an advocates for your loved ones as well as those vulnerable people who cannot speak up for themselves.
Some of the Materials found in the Information Packet
- The Papal Address on Food and Water
- Types of euthanasia
- Protective Medical Decisions Document
- Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide
- Symptoms of Dehydration
- Abused, Neglected and Forgotten...care for parents
- Euthanasia Expanded to Include Children
- Important Websites