Who’s in your community?

Apr 13, 2017 | News

Everyone has a community – the people we help, and the people we depend on for help. But if you became ill and couldn’t speak for yourself, would your community know your wishes? Do they know who would speak for you? April 16th, National Advance Care Planning Day, is the perfect time to think about these things.

Advance care planning is thinking about your wishes for future care and talking about them with your Substitute Decision Maker, someone who will speak for you and make medical decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. It’s also important to share your wishes with others who can support your Substitute Decision Maker, such as family members and friends. Research shows that advance care planning significantly reduces stress and anxiety for those who are making medical decisions for others.

Here at Providence Health Care, we’ve recently made several changes to our Options for Care and Advance Care Planning procedures to help facilitate advance care planning/serious illness conversations with patients, residents and clients, and to support better communication about their goals, fears and preferences for care within Providence. Knowing the wishes of the people we care for means that their preferences about how they want to be treated govern everything we do. Read more about these updates here.

Join the Advance Care Planning Thunderclap

On April 16th, Providence will be participating in a National Advance Care Planning Thunderclap campaign. A Thunderclap is similar to a social media flash mob; everyone who signs up to be part of the movement will have one unified message posted on their account at the exact same time, which amplifies the message.

Add your voice. Learn about the Advance Care Planning Day Thunderclap and sign up today at: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/52018-who-s-in-your-community

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