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A Good Life to the End

A Good Life to the End A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones A crucial and timely rallying

  • Title: A Good Life to the End
  • Author: Ken Hillman
  • ISBN: 9781760294816
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives.A huge majority of people at the end of their lives want to die at home, butA professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives.A huge majority of people at the end of their lives want to die at home, but only a small number manage to do this This vital book asks why.Many of us have experienced an elderly loved one coming to the end of their life in a hospital over treated, infantilised and, worst of all, facing a death without dignity Families are being herded into making decisions that are not to the benefit of the patient.Professor Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail, soon to die and dying are given unnecessary operations and life prolonging treatments without their wishes being taken into account.A Good Life to the End will embolden and equip us to ask about the options that doctors in hospital should offer us but mostly don t It lets us know that there are other, gentler options for patients and their loved ones that can be much sympathetic to the final wishes of most people facing the end of their lives.An invaluable support for the elderly as well as their families, and a rallying cry for anyone who s had to witness the unnecessary suffering of a loved one, A Good Life to the End will spark debate, challenge the status quo and change lives.

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    1. Outlines the very real problems that people are experiencing with end of life care and the way hospitals compartmentalise health problems, instead of accepting that all the health problems often come back to the same cause - getting old, or frailty.Highly recommended for all who are dealing with aging parents, or those who are dealing with parents who are aging and have a terminal disease. It makes you think about the hard conversations we need to have, so we know what our parents want, and what [...]

    2. I must admit, when I first started reading this book I thought it'd be an Australian's version of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (which just made me want to re-read Being Mortal, because that book is amazing). But Hillman went on to provide a perspective on aging and dying well that I had not expectedbut that I really appreciated*. His stories and descriptions used to illustrate the unfortunate state of medical care for older and dying adults are simultaneously blunt and refreshingly relatable, an [...]

    3. A Good Life to the End has to be one of the most depressing books I’ve read this year, but it’s an important one that faces up to some unpleasant facts.Although I think it deserves a wider audience, I think the book will have most resonance for those of us confronting the end of life for aged parents, who are having to make decisions for loved ones no longer able to make those decisions for themselves, and who are realising that the same issues apply to us as we ourselves get older.Professor [...]

    4. An interesting and a very informative book about older age, medical system in Australia and dying. I decided to read this book cos I wanted to know what is in front of me and what can you expect with aging. A small book, a very quick read.Learned heaps of information about older age problems.Not one of the best books but I found some answers.

    5. Excellent. I liked the clarity of Hillman's writing, which matches the topics theme of frankness about death and dying.

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