“Advanced care planning is an emotional experience as you think about your own end-of-life wishes and how to communicate those wishes with your loved ones… Honoring Choices helps you articulate your plan and empower you to share your wishes with your family and your healthcare providers.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened public awareness of the need for advance directives. One of the most important things you can do while you are healthy is to let your loved ones know what your health care wishes are. Having these conversations provides you and your loved ones with peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a free, virtual advance care planning appointment. Looking for a timely, interesting topic for your group or organization? We can also provide a free, virtual presentation on advance directives.
COVID-19 has also heightened awareness of the value of a Community Health Needs Assessment. Saint Joseph Health System performs one every three years, and would like your help. If you would like to take the survey, click one of the links below, it is available in both English and Spanish.
“Anticipating a conversation about end-of-life care, one question quickly grabbed my attention, ‘If you could describe a good day, what would it look like?'”
“I truly enjoyed my first facilitation. It was surprising to her how much fun the process was, she even shared how unsure she was coming into our meeting. We talked about things that were important to her, things about life. It was almost as if we were meeting for coffee and getting to know each other, but in the end we had accomplished important decisions about her future. She left with all the tools she needed to develop her advance directives, and with a smile on her face.”
Why Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning (ACP) helps you ensure that your medical wishes are honored in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. Honoring Choices® Indiana – North Central is here to help you with the process, every step of the way.
We use Respecting Choices® First Steps® ACP Facilitator Certification, which is designed for professionals such as social workers, nurses, clergy, physicians, and others involved in assisting patients and residents in making end-of-life treatment decisions. We also encourage community members with an interest in helping healthy adults discuss and document their future healthcare decisions to become certified facilitators.
Honoring Choices® Indiana – North Central serves Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph counties by providing education, tools and resources to assist people with advance care planning.
When Should I Review My
5 “D” LIFE EVENTS
Keeping your advance care directives up to date is very important. Consider reviewing your
directives as often as once a year or after experiencing one of the following life events:
Death of a loved one