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The Last Years of Life is a Universal Duty

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The Last Years of Life is a Universal Duty

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THE RENEGOTIATING AND REINFORCING APPROPRIATE CARE2IntroductionMortality is one of the undebatable paths of life that one must undergo. Modern trendshave given rise to a different view of aging and terminal diseases, not as a stage of life but rathersome illness. The new point of view has led to shift from the past end of life care practices tomore realistic services. More attention is currently emphasized by the health care experts.Involvement with individuals at the last years of life is a universal duty which we all have to playa role. My experience as a physician with patients and their families convincing them to end thelife-sustaining intercessions has taught me a lot. I have called relatives to the hospital andwatched them grieve at the death of their beloved. Although this is not a light duty, whatcomforts me is that I play a role in the patients and their families at the most critical point of theirlives. Mourning, sadness, confusion, grief and all the emotions that every individual adopt afterdeath is announced at times get me caught in the trap. This has made me adopt differentviewpoints about death and life each time a person dies. SummaryPhysicians have many discussions about the end of life to engage in some of which maybe addressed through legislation. The development and funding of end of life in hospitals arehighly regarded by the National End of Life Care Program. Health care homes are considered thebest environments for the end of life care[ CITATION Abh16 \l 1033 ]. However, the public isstill uncertain about the practices at the end of life care homes. The community knows littleabout how much care is given to their patients. The question about whether their needs are wellmet remains a controversy.
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THE RENEGOTIATING AND REINFORCING APPROPRIATE CARE3Experts at the end of life care departments often emphasize on the centrality of apersonalized care[ CITATION But10 \l 1033 ]. The care homes staff may be knowledgeable ofthe primacy of personalized care to their clients but fail to sustain an individualized care. Sparingtime to sit with the dying individuals and ensuring their comfort may not simply be met possiblybecause of the limited staff. Handling every patient individually could mean that some will stayunattended. Establishing informal relationships with the residents helps create a motivation andavoid withdrawal[ CITATION But10 \l 1033 ]. The building of personal relationships makes thestaff more approachable which makes those on their way out more reassured.The individuals living their last days need to maintain their dignity andrespect[ CITATION Dud13 \l 1033 ]. Family, friends and the staffs in the health care facilitiesshould help the patients sustain their self-respect by paying attention to their needs and theirinterests. This can be enhanced by helping maintain their cleanliness, assisting them in keepingtheir hair neat and offering other services such as pedicures, manicures and trimming their chin.Respect can also be shown by recognizing and acknowledging personal, ideological and culturaldifferences[ CITATION Dud13 \l 1033 ]. Care providers ought to put aside their own beliefs,faiths and ideological subscriptions in service of their clients. Medicine has proved triumph in many instances of life: preventing and curing diseases,making births less painful and conquering related complexities [ CITATION Mor13 \p 616 \l 1033 ].However, the elephant in the house is curing old age and death. Mortality has overweighed thestrength of any existing medicine. At times the medicine even tends to intensify the suffering.Although all the efforts made by medical practitioners in these critical periods are meant tolengthen one's lives, not all have proven any success. When the medical attention offered does
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