Physicians and family members must talk with seriously ill adults about the kind of care they’d like to receive before they are too sick to make their preferences known, Sen Susan Collins (R, Me) said at a recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which she chairs (http://1.usa.gov/2935feq).
“Federal policies must then support efforts to relieve suffering, respect personal choice, provide opportunities for people to find meaning and comfort during serious illness, and—most important—remain in control of their own care,” Collins said at the hearing, titled “The Right Care at the Right Time: Ensuring Person-Centered Care for Individuals With Serious Illness.”
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