Late-in-life health care takes many forms, posing different challenges for each person who experiences it — and for each friend and family member who goes through it alongside the patient. MinnPost wants to hear about your experience.
We know that chronic illness — or a constellation of medical problems all at once — can cause a cascade of new needs, complications and worries late in life. The treatment period can go relatively smoothly, and it can also be frustrating and turbulent. Over time, the patient and family may have many ups and downs — things to be grateful for and things they wish were different.
Over the past several months MinnPost has published a series of articles about significant late-in-life issues, from disjointed health care to mobility concerns to patients facing the prospect of moving to assisted-living or nursing facilities. We have more stories coming this month — one about food and nutrition issues and two others that will explore the challenges faced by family/friend caregivers. Then we want to close the series with your personal stories.
A MinnPost questionnaire has a few prompts to get you started. We plan to publish a selection of readers’ experiences gathered from your responses. Please feel free to add insights or experiences that aren’t directly addressed in the questions.
To share your experiences, go here to fill out the MinnPost questionnaire.
Note that contact information is sought so that our editors can reach out to you if they have questions or to request a photo; only your name and city will be published if we choose your essay for publication.
This article is part of a yearlong examination of issues faced by late-in-life patients and their families. The MinnPost project is funded through a regrant by Allina Health from the Robina Foundation. It is conducted in conjunction with media partners TPT and Ampers.