The case study above is the story of Mrs. Lee and her husband ( played by actors). In the scene shown, Ms. Vanessa Neri, a Palliative Care Social Worker (at VAPAHCS) is engaging Mrs. And Mr. Lee in a gentle and thoughtful discussion about advance care planning (ACP).
While anyone can complete ACP when proactively, it has been my experience that people are most likely to do this when triggered by some event that resonates to them. This can be a personal experience or an event experienced by a loved one or someone we are close to. occasionally, I have had people ask to complete ACP because of something they read in the news.
It is to be noted that the ACP wishes are dynamic and likely to change as people advance thru their life trajectory. Even if the wishes of the person is likely to change, the conversation is always helpful as early as it can be had as it gives time for people to marinate over their decisions and integrate the philosophical principles into their thinking framework.
Watch and share this five minute video about the need for prophylactic end-of-life conversations. Laura Heldebrand, an ICU nurse tells her mother's story.
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