Clinical Chaplains Can Support Physicians Patient and Family Care in the Clinical Setting
I ask for a moment of your time to consider the addition of a Clinical Chaplain to your Interdisciplinary Team providing person-centered care for all your patients and family members.
New research shows that patient satisfaction now includes having someone to talk to, face to face, about their spiritual and religious care and concerns. Where this research shows evidence of initial improvements, the programs and services of Unlimited Grace LLC will demonstrate new paradigm shifts in best practices for both your clinical staff and your patient satisfactions outcomes.
During our time together, I wish to convey the timely addition of a Clinical Chaplain or “Palliative Care Professional” to your interdisciplinary team for person centered care.
Specifically, I seek to demonstrate the value of adding a clinically trained professional staff member, (through employment, placement, or referral), that attends to these two very necessary tasks in medical care that has been fragmented over the past 40 years in healthcare services.
- Advance Care Planning
- Spiritual Care Assessment
These two definitive aspects of patient centered care, introduced at the start of care for each patient enables ongoing conversations regarding a person’s whole being; Spiritual Care and Advance Care Planning (not only focused on end of life), now becomes embedded in the continuum of care in areas of wellness care and prevention, episodic care related to illness or injury and specialists’ services, such as orthopedic, oncology, cardiology, and other chronic illnesses before end of life care supports a person in the last chapter of their life.
Persons seeking healthcare services are now positioning themselves to be partners with the physicians and healthcare providers. Introducing a new approach to advance care planning, and including the spiritual care needs of the person being treated by the physician gives greater satisfaction to both the patient and the physician in person centered care.
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Hospitality is simple, having someone with you as you engage in your healthcare needs, along with decision making, people feel more comfortable with a clinical care professional. Someone trained to listen, guide without judgment, and be a compassionate presence with the one who is receiving medical services.
Hospitality is simple, having a clinically trained support staff be a member of your doctor’s healthcare practice. Be it a generalist that sees patients from the age of 18 up to the “don’t ask me how old I am” (!). This is clinically trained care specialist who is present in a compassionate way for building relationships and establishing partnerships between patients and their doctors.
Hospitality is simple, yet, not always easy, when a long-time patient needs to be told there’s a change in diagnosis or prognosis, or a young person is faced with a life limiting illness that shortens life but not hope. Clinical Chaplains are present to all members of the healthcare relationship; patients, their families, and the healthcare professional as life is treated with dignity and respect designed uniquely for each person.
Unlimited Grace clinical Chaplains are ready to serve your physician’s practice today. You and your patients deserve hospitality in your practice.
Contact Rev. Nancy True M.Div. a Clinical Palliative Care Specialist today.
…When they are healthy and well?
For many years the healthcare system has made it possible for people to engage in their medical decision-making process when a medical crisis or unanticipated diagnosis happens. This approach is reactive to a crisis and creates hardships for many during a very difficult time. The most important aspect of Advance Care Planning is picking someone to be your medical power of attorney; someone who will make medical decisions with your doctor about your medical care and treatments if you are not able to participate in this process during a health crisis.
Research shows that less than 30% of adults have engaged in this aspect of their healthcare, and yet, studies show further that 93% of adults would like to have these conversations with their doctors. I believe this research is biased based on which adults were asked this question! This studies do not indicate who and how old (or young) the adults were when asked about their Advance Care Planning.
What this means for us today is that more adults under the age of 60 than older and are not given information or support in participating in their healthcare choices. This needs to change. Every adult, 18 and older, are able to prepare for healthcare services. One of the best ways to partner with your doctor is to have ongoing conversations about what is meaningful in your life today that matters to and how this relates to your health and well-being.
Don’t Wait to Communicate! Talk to your doctor, family, friends about who you are today and what matters in your life while living healthy and well.
Advance Care Planning is getting an upgrade. For years our healthcare system has perpetuated the circumstances of crisis and trauma before asking a person (or their medical proxy) for their medical preferences and wishes. The Current focus of Advance Care Planning appears to be only on end of life decisions and the forms required instituting a person’s “directives”. Sometimes a person’s directives are not taken into account before a medical professional will begin treatment. These actions can be confusing and difficult; especially when experiencing a health crisis. Continue reading “An “Upgrade” for Advance Care Planning”
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When you have a cancer diagnosis, this is a particularly sensitive time to have such a conversation; because you are already in the midst of receiving health care services. You’ve had multiple health care professionals provide you with extensive amounts of information and a shortened amount of time in which to make your decisions. Continue reading “You are Still You”
Every person has a story or an experience of their own or someone close to them that disturbs them about how medical care is provided today. This is becoming more intense as the conversations around ‘mandatory health care insurance” will be discussed around the country and in the US Supreme Court. Continue reading “Patient Centered Health Care”
A legal document has certain components that are recognized by various professionals and institutions in society for the benefit of communication and decision-making. These legal documents contain both information and signatures that are then recognized by professionals so people can take certain actions or not. Advance Directive forms fit into this category of legal documents. The difficulty appears when people are intimidated by the form and the legality of them so completing Advance Directives is not as easy as most health care professionals might want.
One form of Advance Directives that is accepted in most states is called The Five Wishes. This document, designed by Aging with Dignity in Florida offers a collection of Wishes that you can consider for yourself when you need health care services. It is best to complete the Five Wishes when you are calm, quiet, and have time to reflect on the statements that this document offers for you to consider.
After you have completed The Five Wishes, go over your decisions for health services with your family members, your doctor or a close friend that you would trust to follow your preferences when medical decisions need to be made and you may not be able to participate in the conversations.
If you want a more detailed, comprehensive, narrative documentation that covers more depth and understanding of you as a person before you become a patient, contact Nancy True of Unlimited Grace LLC and schedule a “Graceful Conversation” that will capture your uniqueness in a personalized written record of your medical preferences.