Helping families navigate difficult healthcare decisions

SARANAC LAKE – Family members placed in the position of having to make healthcare decisions on behalf of a loved one can find themselves adrift in a sea of information.

These are not situations most people would choose to be in, however, being aware of the information and resources available to them at a difficult time can improve the quality of life for the patient and family.

Services like palliative care, comfort care or a hospice program are just a few examples of the resources available through Adirondack Health. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

To help raise awareness about palliative care and other helpful resources, Adirondack Health is hosting a panel discussion to answer questions about these and issues such as:

-Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

-Healthcare proxies

-Living wills

-Treatment of pain symptoms

-Emotional and spiritual support for people and their famillies

-Close communication and compassionate care

-Guidance with treatment choices

-Detailed practical information and assistance

-Referral and coordination of home care services

This first of what is expected to be a series of public forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake in the Resident Dining Hall. This event is open to the public, free of charge.

RSVP by calling 518-359-8859.