My mother is 83 years old and very ill. She was smart enough to buy home health insurance that allows her to pay for having aides in her house to care for her. I think that she'll be signing up for hospice soon. However, she is extremely worried about emergency medical personnel, ambulance technicians and so forth, coming to her home and trying to resuscitate her if she has some form of heart failure. She's very frail and read an articles about the damage CPR can cause to the elderly. The aides all have copies of the DNR order (properly signed and completed by her doctor) and are aware of her wishes. My mother also has a copy of the do not resuscitate order on her bedside table. Is there anything else that we can do to make sure her wishes are satisfied? I think we have all the bases covered, but my mom continues to worry. Any information you can offer will be helpful as I plan on showing any responses to my mother. Thanks.
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