Chapter 1: Considerations for a home death

Things to think about

The expert says
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I know my mother wanted to honour his last wish to die at home, but she had so much to consider. I wasn’t sure how she could manage it.

If you are considering a home death for you or a member of your family, there are some basic elements that will help make that possible. These include:

  • Do the person who is ill and the family both support the idea of a home death?
  • Is more than one family/friend caregiver available?
  • Is skilled medical support available at any hour of the day?

After these basics, there are some additional practical considerations such as those listed below.

If the patient is having physical symptoms, has the caregiver been provided the needed resources and information to make the patient comfortable?

Pain, trouble breathing.