End of Life Plan For Health Care Professionals
Patients can live with end stage kidney disease for a long time. However, it is a life-limiting disease and plans should be made for the end of life.
GFR 15 - 10 | Slow Decline | Last 0-5 years of life
Even after the choice for conservative kidney management is made, you may need to continue to discuss the patient’s understanding of their disease and prognosis.
GFR 10 - 5 | Deteriorating | Last 0-3 years of life
As your patient’s chronic kidney disease progresses and their condition deteriorates, it is important to start discussing his or her wishes for end of life care. This might include asking them where they would like to receive end of life care, helping them with advance care planning, and preparing them for what they can expect in the dying process.
GFR 5 - 0 | Intensive/Near Death | Last 0-2 months of life
At this time, you will likely assist with implementing the patient’s end of life care plan. This may include supporting the patient and family at home or facilitating a transfer to another location of care, such as hospice. Good symptom control will be particularly important. Consider contacting a Palliative Care specialist if you require assistance.
- Preparing for the End of Life Patient Handout - PDF
- Preparing for the End of Life Patient Handout - web version
- A Caregivers guide: A Handbook on End-of-Life Care. An excellent resource for caregivers and can be ordered in bulk from the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association
- Alberta Government & AHS Palliative and End of Life Care
- Palliative End of Life Postcard
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