Making Care Decisions
Making appropriate care decisions requires asking questions and getting answers, developing and adjusting care and treatment plans and goals, selecting places for care, and following through.
Things You Need To Know
You need to understand your current health situation, treatment options (including their benefits, burdens and risks), and the likely outcomes.
Who You Can Talk To
To get information about the health situation, treatment options and likely outcomes, designate a doctor and speak with him or her. The nurses can also help you obtain the information you need.
Ask a Torrance Memorial nurse, social worker or spiritual care advisor about:
- Obtaining the booklet Hard Choices for Loving People
- Arranging a care conference to obtain more information and to help make appropriate care decisions
- Requesting language translation services
- Requesting a palliative care consultation
- Obtaining the pamphlet The Role of the Ethics Committee
- Creating an advance directive or health care power of attorney
Today, health care decisions can seem very complex. Advances in medical technology have given us many choices, and sometimes the decisions we face are difficult to make. The people involved in your care may even disagree over what steps to take. Torrance Memorial’s Ethics Committee can help. It offers special expertise and experience in medical ethics. Whenever the Ethics Committee gets involved, it does so with respect to patients’ rights, family privacy and the personal nature of health care decisions.
If you believe you would benefit from the Ethics Committee’s input, please ask your nurse to arrange for it. Or, on weekdays, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, contact the Medical Staff Services Department at 310-325-9110, ext. 2167.