Many concerned family members of elderly and decompensating loved ones must face the challenging decisions regarding the healthcare option known as “Hospice.” The task of addressing these issues must first be viewed in the context of what wishes may or may not be known by the resident, him or herself. The law firm of Stark & Stark always recommends that all adults who are capable to do so should prepare and execute both living wills and healthcare powers-of-attorney. Living wills allow people to have a say in their own future while their mental faculties still allow them to do so. Thus, when one has the benefit of a living will, issues about resuscitation and other needs of the resident have been made by them before their deterioration preventing them from making such a decision. When the end of one’s life is approaching, Hospice often represents the most appropriate and compassionate option. Sometimes the role of a Hospice nurse is simply to hold the hand of patient. Other times, physical comfort is the paramount need. An excellent resource to learn more about Hospice can be found on the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization homepage, .