Well, it *WAS* 3 AM...
I made the assumption that because the OP posted in LTC/Geriatric forum, OP was talking about residents who feel they have lived their lives and are ready to let go and see what's next.
We recently had a gentleman who had lived life to the fullest. Never been
ill, traveled the world and loved life. At this point he'd had a couple of health problems, and decided he did not want to live as an old man in a nursing facility.
He decided he was ready to die, stopped eating, stopped getting out of bed,
refused therapy on admission to our medicare unit. I believe "failure to thrive" was the admitting diagnosis for hospice. Closer to the end, when we were talking, I mentioned we could keep him comfortable with roxanol.
His response? "No, I want to experience it"
I guess it could be said he "committed suicide", but he lived life on his terms and with gusto, and he was going to die on his terms.
I believe that many people get to the point where they just don't want to live anymore, and "commit suicide" by not eating, not drinking etc. We do not have the right to insist or force anyone to eat or drink, let alone live.
We need to support and care for these persons, whom<?> in my case, are often the "eldest of the elderly" and have in many cases outlived most of their families...