Directly below is a quick 7 question survey.
Please take a moment
of your time to answer these simple questions and, if you wish,
provide us with your name and address so that we can send you
Advance Directive materials for your reference:
Directives Survey & Request for Information
Advance Directives are part of the
empowerment provided in the “Patient’s
Bill of Rights.” You and I have choices regarding our care!
Advance Care Planning is not a device for caregivers to limit
the types of care patients receive. Rather, it is about empowering
patients and their loved ones to make appropriate choices either
for life-sustaining treatments or to forego them, based upon
prior conversations together about treatment options.
There are several types of Advance
Directives: the Living Will, and Durable Power of Attorney
for Health Care are the most common,
but some new varieties are popping up in various states to address
care in other settings. Pre-hospital Directives like POST --Physician
Orders for Scope of Treatment; and POLST—Physician Orders
for Life-Sustaining Treatment, are fairly new for Idaho and Oregon,
respectively. These are usually completed in consultation with
your primary physician.
Advance Directives are as much a process as they are a document.
In order to efficiently communicate your wishes for healthcare
in a stressful and potentially life-threatening situation you
need a directive, but you also need to impart your wishes more
comprehensively with loved ones and care providers ahead of time
so they understand the reasons for your choices. Your Living
Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare can be the
launching point for important conversations regarding your values,
your fears, and your wishes for the last days, weeks, or even
years of your life.
In 1996, a non-profit coalition, Aging
with Dignity , seized on the concept of finding the time and
place to share such a
conversation and composed a document called “Five Wishes
.” Five Wishes communicates:
1. Which person(s) you want to make health care decisions for
you when you can't make them.
2. The kind(s) of medical treatment(s) you want or don't want.
3. How comfortable you want to be.
4. How you want people to treat you.
5. What you want your loved ones to know.
Most Advance Directives attempt to
disclose at least the clinical implications of those five areas,
but Five Wishes attempts to
initiate a broader conversation—including, perhaps, discussions
of a social, spiritual, financial, or even philosophical nature.
But, whatever form an Advance Directive takes, its purpose is
to discover and communicate information about what matters most
to people when their life and health are threatened.
Since whole industries are founded
on our fears of growing older, gaining wrinkles, and eventually
dying, we are distracted from
having frank and open discussions about the inevitable. The reality
now is that most of us will die in a clinical setting. Wouldn’t
it be better if we could make that experience a little less confusing
and stressful for everyone?
Rev. Mark Bekkedahl, Vice President of Mission Integration
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario
351 SW 9th Street
Ontario, OR 97914