After the recent announcement of Barbara Bush to choose “end-of-life” care, this is starting to raise awareness about how people are choosing to live their last moments.
The Ohio Valley Medical Center says that this is a routine occurrence that happens almost every day with a lot of their patients. Some patients are faced with medical conditions that require aggressive interventions, and they choose to for-go that treatment. They choose “comfort-care” and focus on quality of life issues like more time with family.
Chip Railing with OVMC says that he commends Barbara Bush for being so brave with her choice and hopes that this raises the awareness about people knowing that they have a choice. “We all have choices, and the fact is you’re not giving up if you choose to go with compassionate care. You’re actually changing the focus. You’re no longer wanting to come to the hospital. You’re no longer wanting to have aggressive interventions and surgeries.”
Railing also says that this is never an easy decision for them or the family, but sometimes patients who show up to the hospital will not always get better, so this is a a different pathway to live the end of their life.