Planning for End of Life You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control. Understanding Long-Term Care When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care. How to Plan for Long-Term Care Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing. Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures. Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. It's used with a variety of ailments, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure.