Advance care planning starts with a conversation. And while it’s not an easy discussion to have; it is an important one. As a caregiver it is important to know and understand the desires of the patient in a number of common scenarios.
The Conversation Project
Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
Caring for the Caregiver
Advance care planning
Should be considered an ongoing discussion about your health care goals, values, and wishes for the future.
Calvary Hospital encourages you to start a dialog with your family, friends and medical team about your future health care preferences.
Caring for the Care Giver
In caring for your family member or friend, have you remembered to take the time to care for yourself? If the answer is no, you are not alone.
In times of crisis or stress, we often tend to underestimate the value of self-care, putting off our own doctor’s appointments, eating fast food, and not giving ourselves time to rest. In order to continue to care for a loved one, we need to remain healthy. Your self-care needs must be considered a priority.
We have put together a resource page to help you discover tools and strategies that will help you be a successful and healthy family caregiver:
Family Care Navigator
A state-by-state, online guide to help families in all 50 states locate government, nonprofit, and private caregiver support programs. The easy-to-use Navigator lists programs for family caregivers as well as resources for older or disabled adults living at home or in a residential facility.
Caregiver Information & Assistance
Personalized help to identify local resources and services for families, caregivers and providers nationwide, as well as our fact sheets and publications on a wide array of caregiving topics and health issues.
Preparing for Giving Care
Caregiving often comes with new responsibilities and unfamiliar tasks, yet most caregivers never receive education or training.
Learn about the decisions you may need to make; how to stay organized and make your home a safe caregiving environment; ways to enhance your loved one’s quality of life; and where you can go for help and support.