What are Adults to do about Advance Care Planning …

…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. And 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.


Make a Medical Choice Yourself Today

Your medical choices are up to you to share with your family and health care professionals.

The history here is important.

In order for the states and health care facilities to comply with the Federal Patient Self-Determination Act (1992), forms have been designed to complete your Advance Directives. These forms are available online, at your library, at your doctor’s office, the hospital, or nursing home. Actually these forms can be found anywhere you would receive health care services. These written medical directive forms vary from state to state so be sure you are working with a form that is acceptable in your state.  If you have residences in more than one state, please consider completing the forms for each state you reside.

These forms can be intimidating and daunting when you or your loved one is experiencing a health crisis due to an accident, and injury, or an illness. It’s best to prepare in advance of any illness or health crisis that may occur for yourself or your lived one. Graceful Conversations provides an educational approach towards learning about your personal preferences and how you can prepare for medical services. This interactive and personalized program creates a Statement of Medical Preferences  that is designed for you and can be attached to any of the state advance directives forms.

Prepare your medical preferences during a time in your life when you can appreciate the gifts you have in life. Don’t wait to communicate, if you need medical services; be prepared in advance to share with your health care professionals what you want them to know about your health care wishes. You are important enough to get this done sooner than when it’s too late.

Contact Nancy True to find out how Graceful Conversations can help you to complete your Advance Care Planning.

Bridging the Generations

Bridging the Generations: Advance Care Planning for all Adults is the title I’ve chosen for a new, little “pocket primer” with a big message on changing how we do Advance Care Planning for healthcare services. I’ve decided to bring a new approach to Advance Care Planning that does not involve discussions about death or dying.  I’ve taken some time to research the changes in our adult populations, (some information is specific to Colorado) and have found that we have 6 living adult generations. Every adult, age 18 an older has the right to self-determine their medical preferences and choices when dealing with a healthcare issue in their life.

Don’t Wait to Communicate!

With our Millennials at the age of 18 to our GI Generation and older, we now have more adults positioned to engage in their healthcare decision-making process since the changes in our Healthcare system has taken place. We also have a healthy aging population that is making new requests of their healthcare providers when they receive healthcare services.

This little primer of activating advance care planning starts by laying out the cultural characteristics of the multiple adult generations that live in our communities. This has been very enlightening to people as I share about this new approach to Advance Care Planning for all Adults.  The National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th each year.  This year, look for a new approach to sharing about your medical preferences as this relates to you in your life today in Bridging the Generations: Advance Care Planning for all Adults.



New Conversations

New Conversations for Healthcare Professionals

Nowadays, so many more people need to be able to have conversations with their doctors, not about death or dying, but about living.  These conversations are being restricted simply because our doctors do not have the time to engage in deep and sensitive issues while their patients are in the office.

Graceful Conversations can help. If you are a healthcare professional that wants your patients/clients to have to time and the attention they deserve for preparing their Advance Care Planning, please Contact Rev. Nancy True to learn about this value program for you and your patients. As a clinically trained Chaplain, with years of experience with individuals, patients, and families, Rev. Nancy True as the right program to engage your clients and patients in their advance care planning for medical decision-making.

An “Upgrade” for Advance Care Planning

Decisions for health careAdvance 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. More

2016 National Healthcare Decisions Day

Care to Prepare to Communicate your Medical Preferences!

During a scene from a recent popular British TV show representing life and relationships in the early 20th Century, one of the character comments, “Life is short, death is sure”.

Today in the early years of the 21st Century, this statement is no longer true in American life.

Life can be very long, and death is uncertain due to the many advances in medicine and medical technology.  Now that “tax season” comes to a close on April 15th, we can begin to address your preferences for medical choices and Advance Care Planning.  Here is a website for,  National Healthcare Decisions Day that has excellent resources for individuals and families to discuss end of life choices and prepare advance directives.

Consider Advance Care Planning First

Maybe you are not ready to think about your death or the dying process. Please consider preparing your own original document that puts in writing what you want others to know about yourself that make you the person you are today.  This way you can prepare for healthcare services that are relevant for your life today. This way, you can revisit your medical preferences on a regular basis, making changes as you go through life, health, illness, and aging.

Every adult, age 18 and older, has the right, (and along with that comes the responsibility), to self-determine their medical preferences. This is the 21st Century.  We are in an “information era”. This means that you can document who you are and the quality of life that matters to you for your healthcare professionals. Telling your doctors about yourself before any treatment begins will build a stronger and more productive relationship between you and your doctor. Consider working with a professional to design your own Statement of Medical Preferences with Graceful Conversations.

Taking these steps for documenting your medical preferences before or as you prepare your advance directive forms, will create trust and value in your ongoing conversations you have with your healthcare professionals throughout your adult lives. In the 21st Century, we can all be empowered to enter these personal medical conversations as partners in our healthcare services.

You are Still You

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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. More

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