This is an “excellent” program about end of life choices, presented at the recent meeting of Washington Area Village Exchange. The presentation is by Kim Callinan of the organization called Compassion and Choices.
This form is a combined durable poser of attorney for health care and living will for use in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. With this form, you can:
· Appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you, in the future, are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
· Indicate what medical treatment you do or do not want if, in the future, you are unable to make your wishes known. It was prepared by the District of Columbia Hospital Association.
To download a copy, click on the following link: https://ct1.medstarhealth.org/content/uploads/sites/8/2014/09/advance-directive.pdf
A Maryland law called the Health Care Decisions Act says that you can do health care planning through “advance directives.” An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent. This is someone you trust to make health care decisions for you. An advance directive can also be used to say what your preferences are about treatments that might be used to sustain your live. The State offers a form to do this planning, included with this pamphlet. The pamphlet has three parts: Part I, Selection of Health Care Agent; Part II, Treatment Preferences (“Living Will”); and Part III, Signature and
To download the form, click on the following link: https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Health%20Policy%20Documents/adirective.pdf
The “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” form is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments. It: consolidates important information into orders that are valid across the continuum of care, standardizes definitions, reminds patients and providers of available treatment options, and increases the likelihood that a patient’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments are honored throughout the health care system. It is signed by a doctor or other qualified health professional and is valid across the continuum of care. It can be posted on your refrigerator, where emergency medical technician know to look if they come to your house.
To read about, download, and complete the form, click on the following link: https://marylandmolst.org/
For the DC form (MOST), click on the following link: https://dchealth.dc.gov/most
For information about Virginia (POST)*, click on: https://www.virginiapost.org/forms
*Virginia POST forms cannot be downloaded online but must be obtained from your physician
Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness, Fifth Edition is a guide to help patients and families with end-of-life decisions. The author, Hank Dunn draws on his extensive experience as a chaplain in a nursing home, hospice program and hospital. In Hard Choices he shares stories of many of the patients and families he has help guide through this most difficult and important time in their lives. He also has conducted a thorough search of the medical literature citing almost 150 journal articles of research into the topics discussed in the book.
To view the guide, click on the following link: https://www.alzconnected.org/uploadedFiles/HardChoices.pdf
In this TED talk, BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative care physician, asks questions about what matters most at the end of life. To watch the video, click on the arrow below.
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The project provides “Conversation Starter Kits” to help you have the conversation with a family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care. It is available in several languages. Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. You can use this Starter Kit whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.
All of the Starter Kits are available to download and print for free. To learn more about the kits, click on the following link: