Workshops and Facilitated Discussions

An Overview of Issues and Forms Involved with planning for End-of-Life Care

Key Elements:
Why is it “a Gift” to discuss and plan for end-of-life care?
What is an Advance Directive and who should have one?
What forms are involved, where do I get them, and will I need a lawyer to complete them?
Palliative Care – What is it? Who needs it? How does it help?
Hospice Care – Dispelling the myths
Requires 25-50 minutes (depending upon group size and time allocated for discussion)

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An in-depth review of forms and process involved in completing an advance directive.
Participants will have the opportunity to appoint a health care agent and complete a TN Advance Care Plan.
Step 1    An Overview of Tennessee’s Advance Directive Forms
Step 2    Personal Reflection Exercise
Step 3    Appointment of a Health Care Agent 
Step 4    Discussion of Quality of Life issues 
Step 5    Discussion of Treatment Options for advanced illnesses. (ex. CPR, Ventilators, Tube Feedings, etc.)
Step 6    Completing the TN Advance Care Plan form (formerly “Living Will”)
Step 7    Communication, Distribution and Reviewing your Advance Care Plan
60-90 minutes

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There are plenty of things most of us would rather talk about than death and dying. But over 75% of us will reach a point in our lives when we are unable to make and/or communicate decisions about our preferences for care. If we hope to live the last period of our lives in a way that respects our personal values, we must make our values known through advance planning. Conversations are a vital part of that process. 

This workshop examines the reasons people avoid talking about end-of-life care and explores a variety of ways to broach this often difficult subject. Whether we are young or old, sick or well, we give an immeasurable gift when we are willing to talk with our loved ones and health care providers about our personal values and our choices for end-of-life care.
45-60 minutes (depending upon group size and optional role-playing exercises)

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