Take Charge! – Guided Advance Care Planning (August 11 – 18)
What matters most to you? If you were facing serious illness, what kind of care would you want? If you couldn’t speak for yourself, who would?
Planning for your future care can bring peace of mind – to you and your loved ones. Advance care planning is a process that helps you decide and document what kind of care you would want – and what kind you would not want – if you have a sudden or serious illness diagnosis and are not able to communicate or make decisions.
In this free two-part online course, you will learn more about advance care planning and the steps you can take to help get the care you want, based on what matters most to you. This workshop is appropriate for people newly considering this topic and for people who want to update their documentation.
The first session will cover the basics of advanced care planning – how to think about it, talk about it with loved ones and health care professionals, how to choose a health care agent, and the appropriate forms. In session two, we will cover special circumstances, such as a dementia directive, End of Life Options Act, interactive scenarios, and time for Q&A.
Instructors: Mary Matthiesen is the chief strategy officer with Mission Hospice & Home Care – one of the original and still independent non-profit hospices in California – and has led awareness initiatives on end-of-life issues internationally.
Connie Borden, RN, MSN, ANP, is an advance practice nurse with 28 years of experience in hospice and palliative care. She has led a local nonprofit hospice as executive director and worked on inpatient services as a palliative consultant. She had presented advance care planning information during her 15 years at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Medical Center.