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Top Five Ways to Improve Your Advance Care Planning Conversation Skills

5 minute read

You’ve probably noticed that advance care planning (ACP) conversations are gaining attention as an important intervention in healthcare. Why? Most importantly, good ACP conversations help people get the kind of care at the end of life that is consistent with their personal goals and wishes. In addition, studies show that advance care planning conversations improve multiple outcomes including...

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Advance Care Planning

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Mr. Bill, is a vibrant 85 year-old who loves his family, his yard, an end-of-day beverage, and his independence. A proud survivor of the great depression and WWII, he can grow anything, build anything, fix anything. Mr. Bill has a living will and strong opinions on “not being kept alive by machines.” When Mr. Bill suffers a catastrophic event, his living will provides clear direction for his...

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Understanding Hospice

7 minute read

Rebecca's Story: Rebecca lived alone in a small cabin, tucked away in a remote mountain-top range, sharing her home for over 50 years with her husband until he died. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking, resting when she got overtired from caring for her home and herself. She had no children, and her nearest neighbor checked on her once a week and took her to church.

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Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

5 minute read

Meet Marvin. Marvin is a 68-year-old retired welder who lives with his wife in their home by the ocean. He suffers from occupational emphysema, a breathing disorder, and lives most of his life in his air-conditioned living room in a recliner, watching TV. Marvin tries to avoid going outside, as the moist, warm air often exacerbates his respiratory symptoms. He develops severe shortness of...

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