“What Broke My Father’s Heart”

Expert advice for older adults and their families by geriatric care managers, social workers and nurse case managers.

Sometimes our culture’s technical ability to prolong life may exceed our individual ability to make hard choices under difficult circumstances.

Although our culture traditionally treats this as an awkward or uncomfortable topic, the best time to make wise choices about what we want our last days to look like is before circumstances call for those choices to be known and honored.

We cannot overstate the importance of clear advance directives and “POLST” forms (“Physician’s Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment”) with explicit directions about our individual wishes.  For a poignant example of this, see this New York Times article titled “What Broke My Father’s Heart”.

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Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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