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Honoring Choices’ "Sharing the Experience”
The Times-Dispatch recently covered the hugely successful "Sharing the Experience” conference held by Honoring Choices ® Virginia.
Honoring Choices "aims to make discussions about end-of-life planning routine, rather than the last-minute harried discussions that many people have, if they have such conversations at all,” wrote TD health writer Tammie Smith noted that RAM is joined in Honoring Choices by VCU Health System, HCA Virginia and Bon Secours Richmond, which have all "designated core staff members who have been trained to talk to patients about end-of-life planning.”
J. Brian Cassel of VCU Massey Cancer Center told Smith that in the first six months of Honoring Choices, 840 people were offered the chance to meet with a trained facilitator. After 320 people made appointments, half of those went on to develop their own advance care plans.
"That’s on track,” Cassel said of the numbers, noting that "clinical workloads have to be adjusted to fit these conversations into appointment schedules and calendars and the workload of the social workers and nurses and chaplains who are doing this work.”
Deborah Love, program manager for Honoring Choices, told the TD that an additional 32 people will be trained as facilitators and the program will be implemented at nine other outpatient medical officials.
"There will be 18 sites across the health systems and over 60 trained facilitators,” Love said.
Times-Dispatch Spotlights Honoring Choices ® Virginia
The Richmond Times-Dispatch published two columns on the importance of advance care planning through RAM’s Honoring Choices ® Virginia initiative with our partners HCA Virginia, Bon Secours Richmond and the VCU Health System.
Click here to read Deborah Love’s moving column, "Have the conversation…”about her experience with a mother dealing with dementia.
"I am my other’s age now,” Love writes. "My gift to my husband and my son is to say in plain English how I wish to live and die if and when the time comes that I do not know who I am, where I am or who is with me.”
And click here to read Dr. Richard A. Szucs’ informative piece, "…Accept the invitation,” arguing that America – "a nation of planners” – needs to add advance care planning alongside education, marriage, and buying a home.
"… Despite our planning,” Dr. Szucs writes, "we often fail to plan for the unexpected, the catastrophic life-changing medical crisis.” He tells readers that advance care planning should happen "in the prime of our lives, while we are in good health,” and must be "shared with a trusted loved one” so they’ll know "what choices we want them to make on our behalf.”
ABC Highlights Honoring Choices ® Virginia!
Click here to view a fantastic broadcast on April 14 by Amy Lacey, co-anchor of Richmond ABC affiliate, WRIC 8. Lacey interviewed Jill Bush, who is being treated for an immune system deficiency at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, along with Susan McCarthy, a trained Honoring Choices facilitator.
"It is a step and process that is so easy that you can do in a couple of minutes that will save your family maybe hours or years of anguish,” Bush said of Honoring Choices.
Life and Decisions
Click here to read "Life and Decisions” in the March, 2015 issue of Richmond magazine. It provides a good overview of the ongoing work of Honoring Choices ® Virginia, the Academy’s collaboration with VCU Health System, Bon Secours Richmond Health System and HCA Virginia Health System.
RAM Announces Honoring Choices ® Virginia
Click here to read today’s announcement by the Richmond Academy of Medicine about its collaborative advance care initiative - Honoring Choices ® Virginia – with VCU Health System, Bon Secours Richmond Health System and HCA Virginia Health System.
How Respecting Choices® Began...
Click here to view Dr. Bernard Hammes discuss how Respecting Choices began