Can I Insist on Dying at Home?
If you would prefer not to die in a hospital, you will have to work with an estate planner to create a health care directive that specifically allows you the pass in your home. Generally, the issue of where you pass away will depend on the kinds of treatments you agree to forego.
There are simply some treatments that are unavailable to you if you remain in your home. Although at-home treatment options increase year-over-year, some treatments require large machines or sterile environments that are simply unavailable in the home.
Effectively, you are eliminating some palliative care options if you insist on staying out of a hospital for your final days. Your estate planner can go over a long list of treatment options and help you determine which ones won’t be a viable option for your home. Carefully consider your treatment options, however. There may be life-saving treatments only available in the hospital setting. By simply refusing in-hospital treatments, you could be reducing your life by weeks, months, or years.
Getting treated in a hospital always comes with the risk of passing while away from home. Get a list of medical decisions from your estate attorney and go over the list with your family and personal physician.