THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why Using Hospice Doesn’t Mean You’re “Giving Up”

None of my own family members have ever been in hospice care, but our son Nick has been on palliative care for some time now. We support Nick’s decision not to have any more surgery or invasive procedures to correct the effects of his disabilities. Between 2006 and 2011, we lived in London, England. During ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why Using Hospice Doesn’t Mean You’re “Giving Up”

None of my own family members have ever been in hospice care, but our son Nick has been on palliative care for some time now. We support Nick’s decision not to have any more surgery or invasive procedures to correct the effects of his disabilities. Between 2006 and 2011, we lived in London, England. During ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Hypocrisy of "Pro-Life" Laws

In the Byzantine land of Texas Law, it seems that an arcane piece of legislation passed in the 1980s is being used to usurp the wishes of a woman who died of a pulmonary embolism. The diagnosis was crushing and irrevocable. At 33, Marlise Munoz was brain dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in November ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Rasouli Case and Why It Matters – One Family’s Battle For the Right to Consent

Yesterday, newspapers in Canada announced an important Supreme Court ruling for caregivers and their families.  At issue was whether or not physicians had the unilateral right to withdraw life support from a patient on the basis that to continue life support was a) futile and b) that the withdrawal of life support did not constitute ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: Quebec at forefront of right-to-die movement

The Quebec National Assembly introduced a bill on Wednesday that will allow health professionals to use medical procedures to end the lives of patients near death who are suffering and want to end their lives. The legislation “is intended for people at the end of their life to die with autonomy and dignity,” said Veronique ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Five Tips for Surviving Caregiving

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Vancouver to address a family association and also to give a talk about how we use Tyze Personal Networks to coordinate Nick’s care.  I’ve written extensively on Tyze before, but for the uninitiated, Tyze is a software platform enabling a single, secure conversation about support for a vulnerable ...