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Advance Care Planning

 

Sharing Your Wishes                                                                                                                                         

Sharing your wishes for the care you want if you are critically ill can bring you closer to the people you love. Making your wishes known clearly in advance of a crisis is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself, your family and friends.

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Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our patients and community members is our highest priority. As we actively monitor the COVID-19 virus, we have resources provided below to assist with planning for your current and future healthcare needs related to completing a POLST and Advance Care Planning. We believe advance care planning is important for all adults 18 and over to think about, but especially during these uncertain times.

The documents listed below are offered as tools to introduce why advance care planning conversations are so vital during this time, as well as offer some guidance on how to have these discussions with your loved ones.

  • Being Prepared in the Time of COVID  from The Conversation Project offers helpful information for you as a patient in thinking about your wishes and how to have discussions with your loved ones.

Links to specific advance care planning documents for the state you live in can be found here.

Resources for our Skilled Nursing and other Community Healthcare Partners:

This document is intended to support your work in engaging in these important conversations with your patients, residents and clients.


Resource Highlight:

The Dementia Directive

In addition to completing an Advance Directive to specify your wishes, some patients are choosing to complete an additional document called a Dementia Directive. This document, developed by Dr. Barak Gaster from the University of Washington, provides brief descriptionsof the stages of Dementia and options for people to choose what medical care they would want, or not want, at each stage. The Dementia Directive is not a legal form, but a communication tool between you and your loved ones and providers. The hope is that the document would make it easier for people to share their views with their loved ones on their behalf in the future. A standard advance directive doesn't do a great job of capturing all of the complexities of a diagnosis like Dementia.

For example, the type of care someone may want to receive in the early stages of Dementia may be very different than the care they would like to receive when they are no longer able to recognize loved ones. A Dementia Directive can lessen this uncertainty about the care a person will receive and help loved ones know how to best advocate.

For more information or to download a copy of the document, visit: http://www.dementia-directive.org

 

 

 

 

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