If a patient has already established in their advance directive their desire to VSED while competent, why might a healthcare professional begin to offer them food or drink when they now lack capacity?
This happens when the patient seems to indicate a desire for food or drink. It is very hard for family members to ignore a loved one’s possible feeling of hunger or thirst. So, by providing the least amount of oral intake as a means to provide comfort, even if the dying is slightly prolonged, the patient is kept comfortable during the process of dying. – Judy