Dr. Ira Byock, a national expert on palliative care, will talk about how to live and die well. When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: Free Info:http://washington.providence.org/events/phc/ira-byock-conference/ or www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring. October 25, 2015 Erica Curless The Spokesman-Review Americans are dying all wrong – spending too much time and money in hospitals and intensive care units receiving invasive treatments instead of enjoying those last, valuable days …Read More
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By Amy Berman September 28 To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis. I am …Read More
Very real considerations about the need for cultural sensitivity in advance care planning. Read the entire piece here.
By RUBY DE LUNA • AUG 14, 2015 For Jennifer Calnon, end-of-life discussions boil down to this: “This is my life,” she says. “I should be the one who gets to make the decision.” Calnon, of Mountlake Terrace, is 67 years old and fairly new to retired life. These days she has a list of projects she wants to finish. Like finishing the pillowcase she started years ago for her daughter’s …Read More
(originally published by NPR on JULY 06, 2015) Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. “I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and …Read More
Americans routinely tell researchers they don’t want to spend their final days tethered to machines in a hospital, preferring to die at home with less invasive treatments. But that rarely happens. Now, a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests the biggest reason for that disconnect appears to be the doctors who treat those patients. The physicians, the study suggests, have outsized influence in shaping how patients spend their final …Read More
There is much confusion around this issue among patients and their families, and unfortunately among physicians as well. Which form is the right one? Who should have a copy? An advance directive – each state has its own – is indeed an important legal document. Like any insurance policy, it is intended to prepare its owners in advance for difficult times. Read the full opinion piece here…
Watch this inspiring video to learn more about the importance of advance care planning and how the National Healthcare Decisions Day is promoting the Speak Up campaign. Watch the brief the video and think about “who will speak for you?”. Click here to find more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day.
This brief article explores the opportunities to support and educate targeted populations who may be averse to having discussions about their wishes for end-of-life care. Read more here…
The importance of having a conversation about end-of-life care with loved ones and physicians offers little room for dispute, however, getting your wishes in writing is also very important. According to the article,”… as of 2010, 72 percent of Americans age 60 and older now have some type of advance directive in place, up from 47 percent just 10 years earlier.” Read the story about Dominic and how his wishes were …Read More