Here is a sad but true story, which I believe anyone over 50 should pay attention to. An Alzheimer’s patient is being forced feed even with a living will. This is a story in Canada of a family that went to court to have a facility stop force feeding their mother, who has Alzheimer’s and does not feed herself. This patient has a living will and the facility she resides in is spoon-feeding her against the family’s wishes and possibly the patient's wishes.
The family argued in court their mother signed a legally-binding document with the intent of refusing nourishment if she suffered from an incurable disease, and has been spoon-feed for the past three years. The sad thing about this the patient was a nurse and saw the effects of Alzheimer’s on patients and implemented and signed the living will after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The patient signed the living will because she did not want to be kept alive by artificial means including nourishment and liquids. The patient is in the final stage of Alzheimer’s: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2014/02/alzheimers-patient-must-be-fed-despite.html.
Seniors you need to pay very close attention to this article, because Canada has universal healthcare, which is what Obamacare is striving for. The question you should ask is what do I want and is my government going to let me die with dignity or impose their will on my final days. Seniors remember that the patients in a facility are income for that facility so of course they want the patient to continue living. The family of this patient went to court with the advance directive to show that their mother’s wishes are not being considered or even implemented. The family lost in court and the facility is still spoon-feeding this patient against the patient’s and family’s wishes.
The family wants to honor the patient’s wishes to die with dignity and not continue living the way she is presently living. Seniors with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) this could happen here in the United States. The panels may decided, the facilities may be able to keep a loved one alive against their wishes. The patient's living will In the statement, the patient be allowed to die and not be kept alive by artificial means or heroic measures. The patient also specified that those measures include nourishment or liquids.
The courts decided the facility was to continue feeding the patient because the advance directive does not establish that a substitute decision maker has authority to refuse the provision of oral nutrition and hydration, such as prompting with a spoon or a glass, on behalf of an adult who is incapable of making that decision. This to me sends a very important message, of making sure there is a very clear and stated in the advance directive that a substitute decision maker has authority to refuse the provision of oral nutrition and hydration, such as prompting with a spoon or a glass, on behalf of an adult who is incapable of making that decision. This should be stated especially for any individual that does not want to be forced feed if they cannot feed themselves.