- Roughly 20 percent of Baby Boomers do not have children of their own.
— Who will care for these elders?
- 9/10 people would prefer to stay at home if they become terminally ill.
— Yet over half are dying in hospital or a long-term care facility.
- The #1 concern of the dying is to not be a burden to their loved ones.
— How are families addressing this concern?
- Over 80 percent of people prefer to stay in their own homes as they age.
— Do they have access to resources to maintain their independence?
A Doula allows families to regain and learn the skills of how to care for a dying loved one. This was something that was handed down generation-to-generation 100 years ago.
Nine out of ten people say they want to be kept home if they have a terminal diagnosis. End-of-Life is inevitable and we need to do much more to support both patients and families; ensuring the experience is as positive as possible. It is my vocation to support families and communities so that they may support those they love and care for them at the end of life.
The End of Life Doula model is akin to the birth doula model: both help people transition to and from this world. Facilitating this process requires compassion, humanity, humility and patience frequently working with people in the wider community as well as an adjunct to Hospice care providing support and guidance for patients and families at the end of life.
Due to the enormous number of the elder population, there is an overwhelming need for such services and support. It is my privilege to be able to offer my service and support in this area to anyone facing terminal illness, their family and friends.