…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.
The most important conversation starts with the individual, with YOU. Have you ever been asked if you have your Advance Directives and you had no idea what they meant? Advance Directives are the medical forms your healthcare professionals want when you can’t speak for yourself.
It’s Time to Create Your Advance Directives
If you haven’t it’s time you do. I have a solution for you. A simple solution that easily remedies the anxiety often felt when people are asked about their end of life decisions. You don’t have to be at the end of your life to start these conversations that prepare your medical decisions. Graceful Conversations is an informative and compassionate program that helps you plan your own medical decisions your way.
A Confidential Consultation
Graceful Conversations offers a confidential, compassionate consultation to document your Medical Statement of Preferences that you can submit to your healthcare professionals, share with family and friends, and then you can say; “YES, here are my preferences, please give them to my doctor and then put them in my medical record.”
It can be as simple as that.
Call Rev. Nancy True to schedule your Graceful Conversation.
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Providers and Healthcare Professionals play a critical role in healthcare decisions and should play a central role in the conversations and dialogue that support a person’s goals and preferences when receiving healthcare services. Healthcare professionals are recognizing how our older citizens are including family members or caring friends in the healthcare decision-making process and the doctors express appreciation when older persons ask for this kind of help with their medical planning.
Let’s face it, healthcare decision-making is extremely difficult and challenging when we are asked to do it for someone who is facing a life changing or life limiting illness. Many individuals haven’t discussed their wishes or preferences with their family members who are now being drawn into these healthcare decisions and need additional support when working with a loved one during this healthcare crisis.
Contact Rev. Nancy True to learn more about integrating Graceful Conversations into your private practice at your office. You and your patients deserve a compassionate presence while having a supportive and constructive conversation to discovery your patient’s preferences and wishes for healthcare services.