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Old 01.04.2012, 17:31
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Re: Swiss assisted suicide stats - a first ever

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It would be very positive if more foreigners living in CH joined Exit - the subs per year are very small, and they really do need more money to continue to fight the cause and support members,

Currently the two big issues Exit is fighting are:

a/ access to help members who request it in retirement/old peoples' Homes. Many such establishments do not allow Exit to come and support members under their roof- which means that if a member wants to Exit - they cannot unless someone takes them to live with them for a while so that Exit can help. My mother had been a member for 35 years - and really wanted 'out', blind and totally dependent, wheel-chair bound - but the OAP home refused. One of the reasons we moved to CH so I could take her home and help her. She died 3 weeks before we moved here, after 12 years of misery.

b/ the biggest challenge is that of senility or Alzheimers- as a person who wants Exit to support them, has to be of sound mind at the time of the deed. I feel that should a person join Exit when of sound mind, they should be able to describe clearly at what stage Exit should take over. This should be clear, and countersigned by a solicitor and doctor. Sadly now Exit members with early signs of senility/Alzheimers, but with a good quality of life, enjoying their family and friends despite their disability, have to Exit far too early, as they know waiting may well mean that they no longer have that choice.
Hi Odile,

Yes, the definition of power of judgement is very important for the legality of assisted suicide, and in cases of dementia, it is extra complicated, as definitions of good quality of life can vary depending on the stadium of Alzheimer's one is in.

I think that it doesn't matter who joins Exit (foreigners with residency permits or Swiss citizens), both are equally (and very) relevant to the cause of old people's homes and nursing homes accepting Exit volunteers on their premises.

I found an article on a lady with Alzheimer's here:
http://www.derbund.ch/leben/gesellsc...story/26383701
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