If you became unable to make decisions about your healthcare, would anyone know your wishes? How will you make sure that healthcare providers know what type of treatment you want and don’t want?
An Advance Directive, or Advance Care Plan, is a personalized plan that outlines your wishes in the event of a serious medical condition. These plans make it easy for family, friends, and healthcare professionals to make decisions about your care and understand your wishes when you are unable to speak for yourself.
The Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition exists to ensure every adult in the lakeshore communities has a plan for their future healthcare needs. We continuously work with individuals, organizations, healthcare professionals, and the community to educate them on the importance of making a plan. This includes how to have difficult conversations with friends, family, and patients.
SHARE YOUR WISHES
Please take a minute to review a copy of the Making Choices MI ACP document above. This is meant to simply help start the conversation, so you'll need to keep the conversation going with your loved ones and share your wishes with your doctor to make your plans official.
If you have any questions, or prefer to talk to us in person about your healthcare wishes, please click here to contact us. A planning professional will be in touch to help you complete a free Advance Care Plan, also called an 'Advance Directive.'
NEWS & EVENTS
The Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition sponsored several community screening events of Being Mortal, the award winning Frontline documentary featuring Dr. Atul Gawande. The documentary not only puts a human face on end-of-life issues, delving into the real hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and the relationships they have with their doctors; but it also explores how healthcare professional are faced with the practice of caring for the dying.
The first Being Mortal screening event, hosted by Senior Resources, was held on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Tanglewood Park with over 40 people in attendance.
“I feel like people came away from the event inspired and motivated to talk with their families and create a plan,” said Lisa Tyler, Charted Engagement Chair and host of the Senior Resources screening event.
In addition to the events, Charted has trained professionals to have conversations with people about their own wishes, family communication techniques, and how to fill out an Advance Care Directive. The Charted coalition was recently rebranded from the “End of Life” coalition to find a name more mindful and representational of the group’s efforts in helping people chart a course of life.
The group capitalized on the nationwide screenings events of Being Mortal. The documentary was partially supported with funds from the Hospice Foundation of America. Other events were held at Brookhaven Medical Care Facility, Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging in Grand Haven, and Mercy Health in Muskegon.
“Our efforts really are not about the end of life,” said Tyler. “They’re about helping people embrace life to the end. We are striving to share the tools to do this.”
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