Living Wills – Never put me in a nursing home.

Recently, a reader of this blog ask me some questions about substitute decision making.  There are some important things to consider with this aspect of medical care.  So I am starting a new thread that  I am calling “Living Wills.”  The topic of substutute or surrogate decision making is related to living wills.  As with most of my blog posts, I will tackle the topic in small chunks.

More than once I have had patients tell me that they never want me to put them in a nursing home.  This sentiment is easy to understand, but how should we repond to this?  Why do you not want to go into a nursing home?  How much control do we have over things like this?  How much control do we have over our future?  How much control should we want to have over our future? read more