What Are Your Medical Arrangements for Late Life & End of Life?  

How do you assure that you will be treated as you wish if you are incapacitated? How do you communicate these wishes to your family, your doctors, the ambulance driver? Its not just about completing the planning documents.    

 

There are three important steps you need to take in order to ensure your choices for care are known to your family and your care providers.

 

This session, presented by Tina Soares, reviewed these important steps you need to take to develop you road map for care. 

Tina Everson Soares, BSN, RN, CHPN

Director, Quality of Life InitiativeCape Cod Healthcare

 

Integrating Quality of Life Practices across Cape Cod Healthcare and our Community for lifelong patient centered care.

Tina received her Bachelor of Science, Nursing from The Catholic University, Washington, D.C. and completed her graduate certificate in Palliative Care Nursing at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Tina also has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tina currently serves as the lead developer and manager of the innovative Quality of Life program for Cape Cod Healthcare. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, development and implementation of best practices, operational oversight, community education and outreach.  Her experience in Palliative and Hospice Care, as well as her background in Public Health, drive her passion for excellence in this work across Cape Cod.

February 25 Seminar Resources

Advance Care Planning: Advance Care Planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and letting others know about your preferences, often by putting them into a document known as an advance directive. Information and resources from the Quality of Life Initiative at Cape Cod Healthcare.

Honoring Choices Massachusetts: Honoring Choices provides a structured approach to health care planning.  Everyone can download free, Massachusetts-based health care planning information and tools to make their own health care plan.

The Conversation Project: A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The website provides online tools to help you start the conversation with loved ones about end of life issues.

Understanding Healthcare Decisions at the End of Life: It can be overwhelming to be asked to make healthcare decisions for someone who is dying and is no longer able to make his or her own decisions. Information from the National Institute on Aging.

CaringInfo Advance Care Planning: A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

Have you started the conversation with your loved ones?