Dying At Home

Whether or not to die at home is a big decision faced by many people with AIDS.

Whether or not to die at home is a major decision, but it may not have to be made right away. As your loved one’s health changes, the two of you may change your minds several times. However, dying at home is an issue that you and your loved one should talk about ahead of time. Plans should be made, and legal papers may need to be signed.

When deciding what is best, the factors to be considered are:

  • The needs and wants of you and your loved one
  • The opinions of other friends and family members
  • The advice of doctors and other medical professionals
  • The advice of clergy or other spiritual counselors

Consideration must be given to everyone living in the home. Small children and others may not be ready to cope with death in the home. Others may prefer to face your loved one’s final moments in familiar surroundings. Just be sure that the person with AIDS knows that he or she will not die alone. Planning to deal with grief after the death is also a part of the caregiving process.

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Adapted from Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home: A Guide, ACTIS Publication No. D817, United States Department of Health and Human Services, AIDS Clinical Trial Information Service.

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