End of life decisions are seldom a topic people feel comfortable addressing – but a very critical topic. Two Broadview students knew this was something they could make a little easier to talk about and set out creating a fact sheet for their service learning project.
The fact sheet created by the students focused on the terms commonly used in the events of end of life, such as DNR – Do Not Resuscitate. It also provided what facts they should consider when determining end of life care. Some of the questions they recommend asking are:
- Is my illness terminal?
- What is my quality of life at this time?
- How much time will this gain for me?
- If I am resuscitated what will my quality of
life be after?
- Is the time gained worth the possible
Through this service learning project the students realized there were some people who were open to discussing end of life care and had accepted it would be an event we all encounter in our lives. However, there were some who had not accepted this fact of life and weren’t open to discussing it.
Ken Beamer was one of the students who worked on the project. In reflecting on his experience, he noted, “It was very rewarding to sit and share with folks about what choices they can make about how they leave this world.”
Learn more about how you can get involved with health care issues at Broadview University.