"Long-term-care staff are so swamped with COVID-19 protocols that end-of-life discussions aren’t occurring with residents and families, says a McMaster University professor. Sharon Kaasalainen, a professor in the school of nursing, says she’s hearing from families that they’re feeling excluded from decisions about their loved one’s care".
Covid is putting so much extra stress on the health care providers, and the families of the critically ill. This additional stress is causing harm for everyone involved, from the dying, to the families, to the medical support staff.
Covid has made it very clear to all, that we as individuals and as family, are not prepared for these kind of conversations. It is also showing how waiting until a medical crisis, is not the time to start to have these conversations.
By working together, we can help to bring understanding and compassionate care back to the End of Life experiences.