Patient Centered Health Care

Self-determination in Advance Directives

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. More

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A LEGAL DOCUMENT!!

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.

Conversations with You

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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… with Providers

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.

Conversations with Family

Are you struggling to talk to your parents or older family members about what they would want if they got sick or terminal? Have you experienced that invisible wall of “do not trespass” when trying to talk about uncomfortable topics such as end of life questions with your family members? How stressful is it for you to introduce the discussion about medical decisions with your elderly parents?

If any of these questions resonate with your experience when trying to get the right information from your older family members, let Rev. Nancy True help.

A Compassionate Program

Graceful Conversations is an informative and compassionate program that helps your family member plan their medical decisions in their own way. Graceful Conversations offers a confidential, compassionate consultation to document a person’s Medical Statement of Preferences that is submitted to their healthcare professionals, and shared with family and friends.

It’s time to start the conversation, please contact Rev. Nancy True, and let’s make it a Graceful Conversation.

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Quality Health Care

Quality Health Care is available every day during hospitalizations, in Long Term Care Facilities, and Hospice Care. Your health care professionals want to offer you their best care, every time, all the time. Their ability to care is unique at a time when so much seems to be changing or uncertain as to how we will be able to receive Health Care Services. A very important action that everyone needs to take as they consider health care services is to write their medical preferences down and share them with family and health care professionals. This, I believe will not change, even as we consider very significant changes in our health care system.

Prepare Your Advance Directives

Preparing your Advance Directives is your right to self-determine your medical preferences as to what you want and what you don’t want to receive when you need to consider medical treatments. Your right to record your medical wishes is one the best ways to ensure that you will be cared for properly and receive individualized treatment options concerning your medical needs. Don’t wait until you are in the hospital or the nursing home or entering hospice care to write down what you want your health care professionals, family members, and friends to know about you as a person before you become a patient. As A Clinical Chaplain serving in the health care system for over ten years, I’m here to say that I have met some of the most caring, compassionate, and dedicated professionals within our health care system. Please take the time to prepare your Advance Directives so you can be assured good quality health care.

Complete The Five Wishes for yourself or contact Unlimited Grace LLC and ask about the Graceful Conversations program to prepare a personalized narrative document that contains your personal preferences for medical treatments and health care.

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