Today I spoke with a woman who is the Power of Attorney for her 89 year-old aunt, who is currently in a Toronto hospital. The niece called EPC because she is upset about the lack of care that her Aunt is receiving.
Her Aunt went to the hospital a few weeks ago with pneumonia. Her doctor decided to do nothing for her. The doctor said:
“she’s not going to get better”
The doctor pressured the niece to have her Aunt sedated and dehydrated to death.
Her niece demanded another doctor and insisted on treatment. Her Aunt is now clear from the pneumonia.
Her Aunt is recovering but the hospital continues to pressure her niece to have her Aunt sedated and dehydrated to death. The only reason her niece could think of why they are doing this is that her Aunt is 89. Her niece said:
“she doesn’t have cancer, she doesn’t have any life-threatening condition.”
I urged the niece to keep defending her Aunt’s right to receive treatment and care.
I consider this to be elder abuse and discrimination. What makes it worse is that the abuse and discrimination seems to be institutionalized.
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The Life Protecting Power of Attorney states your wishes and enables your power of attorney to make medical decisions on your behalf. It protects you from euthanasia and assisted suicide and it defines the treatment/care decisions that you want in the event that you are unable to make medical decisions yourself.
The Life Protecting Power of Attorney gives you the piece of mind that EPC will help you if your expressed wishes are ignored or if a hospital or doctor pressures or attempts to impose medical treatment or care decisions upon you.
If you have concerns contact the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition at: 1-877-439-3348 or Compassionate Community Care at: 1-855-675-8749.
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Author: Alex Schadenberg