Learn why advance care planning is important and how to prepare. These five-minute videos are designed to be viewed independently or as a package to guide you on important topics.
Having the Conversation:
Preparing for Advance Care Planning
We know it can be difficult and sometimes scary to think and talk about health care as you age or have a serious illness. This video provides an overview of some important steps you can take to start the conversation about your health care wishes, as well as some of the resources available to help.
An Extra Layer of Support
Palliative care is an important medical consideration for individuals who are living with a serious illness. Atlantic Health System has created this video for individuals who want to learn more about how palliative care can be an additional layer of support for you and your loved ones.
Hospice care focuses on maximizing the quality of life for patients who have a limited life expectancy because of their illness. Important topics related to hospice care are discussed here, including deciding when hospice care is appropriate, what services are provided, and how hospice care can help you and your loved ones cope.
Understanding Life-Sustaining Treatments
Life-sustaining treatment can be an appropriate medical consideration when you have a serious illness or emergency condition, however, there are limitations to what they can do. Understanding the options covered in this video—CPR, artificial feeding, and ventilators—can help you (or your loved ones) make informed decisions about whether these treatments are right for you.
Decisions for Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia
Making decisions for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be difficult. This video highlights why it is a good idea to discuss their preferences early and often, and it includes sample questions that can help ensure their wishes and needs are met to the greatest degree possible.
Having Someone Who Can Speak for You
Sometimes in the case of a serious illness or accident, a person may not be able to speak for themselves. In these cases, it is crucial to have a health care proxy: someone who can advocate for you if you are not able to speak for yourself. This video can assist with determining who that person is and how to discuss your wishes with them—an important part of ensuring you have a say in the care you receive.