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National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2014 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and Americans are encouraged to ensure that their future healthcare choices are known and protected. The process does not take long and it is free.

Partners in Care Outreach Team and Transitions program coordinators frequently meet with civic organizations, groups, clubs and even individual families to present additional information and help complete advance care planning documents.

Advance care planning involves making decisions about the care you would want to receive in a medical crisis that might be the result of a serious illness or an unexpected accident.  Advance care planning also involves deciding who will speak for you if you are not able to speak for yourself.

All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves. These decisions should be written down in an Advance Directive so that others know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms:

  •  A “healthcare power of attorney” (or “proxy” or “agent” or “surrogate”) documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.
  • A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

Please complete your advance directive and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

New Volunteer Orientation and Training, April 5 and 12

Hospice at Partners In Care essentially includes a team made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, health aides, and spiritual support providers. As a Medicare/Medicaid funded service, hospice is also required to include a volunteer component. Patients and families can elect to have a non-paid, non-professional on their team, and it is generally of immeasurable value.

A volunteer’s number and frequency of visits may vary. They may just sit and listen, offering validation by capturing a life story. They may be there to offer a spouse a break, or perhaps to play music, run an errand, bring flowers. In any case, families and patients recognize the hospice experience is enriched by utilizing a volunteer. Partners In Care volunteers often feel countless rewards from spending time with individuals approaching end-of-life.  Currently, volunteers are especially needed in the La Pine, Sisters, Redmond areas where the number of patients continues to grow.

Orientation and training for new volunteers is taking place in early April, with ongoing opportunities throughout the year to learn more about the hospice philosophy, the work within each discipline and the end-of-life journey. If you’re interested in volunteering in hospice care, please download an application and call for an initial screening.

 

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