For Whom Is This Service?
Individuals who do not have an Advance Directive or would like to review their current Advance Directive.
Individuals who are the healthcare agent of a person who can no longer make their own healthcare decisions due to a medical condition and want support in reviewing that person’s Advance Directive.
Facilitated conversations to find out the person’s medical goals, values, and preferences.
Ideally, these meetings are held with the individual who wants to finalize their Advance Directive and their chosen healthcare agent(s), so they can learn about the individual’s choices. This leads to the healthcare agent being most prepared in case they need to advocate in the future.
For individuals with advanced illness: Facilitated conversations to explore treatment preferences and the options on the POLST (Portable Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments) form, so they are more prepared to discuss their wishes with their medical provider, who would sign the POLST.
Respecting Choices® decision aids will be provided on topics like CPR and Help with Breathing, for example.
Carola Stepper can assist with writing down questions to ask a medical provider or clergy.
Often it is easier to have these difficult conversations with a facilitator, with enough time so the participants don’t feel rushed.
“Thank you for all your help and guidance. I started the online My Directives after our session. You provided all the information with so much clarity and gave me a peace of mind knowing that I have addressed this topic. It was very valuable to have my healthcare agent present during our session.”
“Carola coached us in the end of life Advance Directive process. She was curious about and sensitive to our specific needs, taking the time necessary for us to feel comfortable and informed. We appreciated the personal attention and support to feel confident moving forward with the process.”