Primary Goal of this Step
Take the necessary steps to make sure you’re in the right place to be cared for physically, emotionally, and socially.
Important Tasks: Make Living Arrangements for the End of Life
Determine housing and care needs and wishes for the months and weeks leading up to death.
Consider factors such as health, finances, location of family members, and degree of independence.
Determine the housing options that best fit your situation.
Housing options may include assisted living facilities, in-home care/home health care, nursing homes/skilled nursing care, and hospice at home in a hospice facility. If the preference is for dying at home, you will likely want to engage hospice to help you manage care, or hire home health care (in-home nurse).
If you’re considering a care facility, visit that place.
Get a sense of the staff, the other residents, the quality of care, and the facility.
If you’re considering in-home care, consult with a home health care specialist or hospice nurse.
A professional end-of-life caregiver will help you figure out what kind of setup you need in the home, including any special medical equipment or changes that need to be made to the space.