October 3, 2019
Advance Health Care Directives
Joy Smith, RN, MSN, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)
It is very important that health care providers and family members know the health care needs and desires of patients. It is not only the aged, but any adult, who needs an advance health care directive. The health care directive is a form one fills out, discusses with one’s family, and provides to their health care providers. It is good practice to review the form annually.
Register for a workshop at CHOMP Health Care Directives and learn more about the forms and check-in with a health care professional regarding your choices. See also Prepare for Your Care for videos and the down-loadable forms.
Making the Most of our Personal and Practical Resources
Shary Farr, Founder and President, Partners for Transitions
“Planning enables you to create order, make personal transition choices and communicate with your family and loved ones, creating a sense of security and peace for you. Planning diminishes your fear and enhances your passion for living.” Shary Farr
In her presentation Mrs. Farr discussed:
- Getting organized: The All Together Notebook
- Preparing and sharing our end of life wishes
- Emotional aspects of preparing for transition
With humor, compassion, and warmth, Shary Farr relates stories to motivate us to organize our financial records, share our end of life wishes, and deal lovingly with our own emotions regarding death. She offers for sale her carefully curated and organized All Together Notebook. It is a place to record all the practical matters relating to death, e.g., financial records, health care directive, and funeral wishes. Mrs. Farr’s website provides practical resources for caregivers and elders.