The pandemic has been a life-changer for many, particularly those living in a nursing home or who care for someone who lives in a nursing home.
One recurring painful question that families, emergency providers and facility staff find themselves grappling with is “Is this what he/she would want” as critical decisions must be made.
During a crisis, the weight of decision-making can be overwhelming, and this often leads to regrets and family conflict. Creating opportunities to have this conversation before a crisis is ideal. It gives people the dignity of sharing what matters most to them, provides the opportunity to ask questions, and gives peace of mind that the care interventions offered are consistent with the resident’s wishes.
There are many challenges, however, in trying to accomplish this. The types of forms and misunderstanding of how to use them and where to keep them can cause serious confusion at best, and relay inaccurate information at worst. We can do better.
In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, Avel eCare Senior Care is offering nursing home leaders, clinicians, and emergency responders the opportunity to participate in hands-on educational sessions that will guide you step by step to help the people you care for document a clear plan and teach you what to ask for before you provide care.
Free 90-minute interactive virtual learning sessions will be held in March, April, and May to introduce tools, practice skills, and provide individualized implementation support. The sessions will also provide practical tools to recognize and support people who are grieving the suffering and death experienced in this community.
This has always been important. COVID has intensified our awareness of the importance. Click here for more information. Sign up today; the first session will meet on March 3rd.