Procedures for a Planned Home Death
Dying persons have the right to choose to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Individuals and their families, whose choice is a planned home death can expect that their wishes will be respected, and they will receive support and coordinated care.
Decision making for a planned home death should be a collaborative process giving primary consideration to what is in the best interest of the patient and family and involving the patient/family, family physician, nursing personnel and others as needed.
Discuss option of in-home death with your physician.
Make a Plan with your family physician so you are clear about what will happen and family/friends will know what to do at the time of death.
Your Plan Will Include:
- Who will pronounce the death?
- How your physician can be reached?
- What alternative arrangements have been made should your physician be unavailable and cannot be reached?
Patients wishes should be clarified by signing a NO CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) form
MAKE PREARRANGEMENTS WITH REYNARS FUNERAL HOME
Such arrangements will normally involve making plans with the funeral director for transportation of the deceased after death and the options available for final disposition.
PLANNED HOME DEATHS ARE ANTICIPATED EVENTS.
WHEN THE DEATH OCCURS …
DO NOT CALL 911, the ambulance, police or fire department.
DO NOT CALL the physician to pronounce death.
CALL Reynars Funeral Home when you are ready. Each death is different. It can be a time of crises or relative calm. It is not necessary to call immediately. Take time to call the relatives and friends you want to be with you. Once the physician or other authorized person has been to your home and pronounced the death, and you feel ready, call Reynars Funeral Home and arrange for the transfer.
Notification of Expected In-Home Death
This copy is to be completed by the Physician with a copy being forwarded to the funeral home.