What most people don't realize about Advance Care Planning is the fact that communication is just as important (probably more so) than any written document. We work with individuals and their loved ones - family and friends - to understand and clearly communicate choices about future medical decisions. In Colorado, if you have not named a medical decision-maker the law allows any "interested party" to weigh in, so our goal is to help people choose an informed agent and memorialize that choice in a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA).
If individuals and communities are ACP-ready but the healthcare system and provider are not, the communication gap can lead to unwanted outcomes. We work with hospitals, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and other providers to bridge that gap, providing tools and support for hospital and practice-based Advance Care Planning.
Our deliverable is a clear and well-defined process for encouraging and having values-based conversations about future medical care, and memorializing them in appropriate documents that are shared and accessible across the healthcare system. You leave with a set of tools for keeping your loved ones and the medical community well-informed about you. We also provide ongoing community and clinician education to promote best practices in Advance Care Planning in your community.
Research shows that intentional Advance Care Planning, well-communicated, significantly reduces family anxiety and conflict. We are experts in fostering values-based conversations around around future quality of life and helping you choose an advocate to support your choices. While most people don't want to burden family, a failure to engage in this process can in fact create a burden that becomes a regretful legacy. We are here to try to change that paradigm for you and your family with state-of-the-art and best practices in Advance Care Planning.
When individuals and a community engage in thoughtful conversations that result in intentional advance care planning, research shows that sicker patients are less likely to make repeat hospital visits. This impacts the financial and emotionals stress of ER visits and hospital and ICU admissions.
We provide the resource for individuals to understand options around Advance Care Planning, focusing on choosing and informing a healthcare decision-maker. When a healthcare system engages with us, we build a bridge of trust and loyalty with the community. When doctors in the community are aware of the importance of Advance Care Planning and support best practices, the overall health of a community can improve.
Primary Care Physicians are the gateway to Advanced Care Planning. Train them and other clinicians to have advance care planning conversations with patients, early and often. We can help your community create support and resources for your clinicians so that others can help in the process. Trust that any care provider in your organization will understand the system for helping people plan for medical treatment as age or illness progresses.