End of life care is something we all face, yet too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, leaving loved ones feeling burdened, guilty, and uncertain. While we desire to have our health care wishes honored and not be a burden, many of us fail to have “the conversation” with loved ones about what those wishes are before treatment decisions must be made. By having and documenting “the conversation,” we can assure ourselves of a richer life where our treatment preferences are respected, where our loved ones are comforted in the knowledge that we will receive the care we desire, and where our caregivers can be empowered to provide that care in the most effective and compassionate manner possible.
Advance care planning can help the people close to you and those caring for you know what is important to you about the level of healthcare and quality of life you would want if, for some reason, you are unable to participate in the discussions. Having the conversation and writing down your wishes for future care will help the person you choose as your substitute decision maker to feel more comfortable about the decisions they make on your behalf.
Registration now open:
Making Conversations Count: A Workshop on Advance Care Planning
Monday, March 12, 2018
JFK University – 100 Ellinwood Way, Room N263, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Advance care planning enhances quality of life by ensuring that plans are developed to address end-of-life care decisions in accordance with personal wishes. This interactive training will describe the process of advance care planning, provide methods to engage in “The Conversation” about end-of-life care preferences, and teach attendees how to properly document health care choices and promote advance care planning in their community.
After attending this training, attendees will be able to:
- Identify the concepts and benefits of advance care planning
- Utilize the tools available to engage in discussion of advance care planning
- Distinguish the importance and characteristics of an effective Health Care Agent
- Complete and assist others with advance health care directives and POLST forms
Presented by Janet Thompson, St. Paul’s Towers Retirement Community
Training materials developed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Brought to you by the East Bay Conversation Project,
a project of the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA)
To register visit our Events Page HERE