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Do I need a Do Not Resuscitate Order on hospice?


Whether or not you need a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) on hospice depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. Hospice care is focused on providing comfort and support to people who are nearing the end of their lives. It is not intended to prolong life, so a DNR order may be a good option for some people.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to get a DNR order on hospice:

  • Your medical condition: If you have a terminal illness and a low chance of survival from CPR, a DNR order may be the right choice for you.

  • Your wishes: It is important to think about what you want for your end-of-life care. Do you want to be resuscitated if your heart or breathing stops? Or would you prefer to die a natural death?

  • Your family's wishes: Your family may have strong feelings about whether or not you should have a DNR order. It is important to talk to them about your wishes and to respect their opinions.

If you are considering getting a DNR order on hospice, you should talk to Abbey Road Hospice. We can help you understand the implications of this decision and make the best choice for you.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about DNR orders on hospice:

  • Hospice providers do not require a DNR order. However, they will respect your wishes if you have one.

  • You can change or revoke your DNR order at any time.

  • A DNR order does not mean that you will not receive any other medical care. You will still receive pain medication, antibiotics, and other treatments that are necessary to keep you comfortable.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to get a DNR order on hospice is a personal one. There is no right or wrong answer. The most important thing is to make the decision that is right for you and your family.


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