Advance care planning, End of life choices
Advance care planning is the process of discussing and recording patient preferences concerning goals of care for patients who may lose capacity or communication ability in the future. In 2012, after consideration of several options, WAHA adopted the Respecting Choices® model of Advance Care planning, and began the WAHA End of Life Choices Initiative (EOLC). Key strengths of the current EOLC practice include community engagement, quality resource materials, trained and certified facilitators, increased community and clinical awareness of advance care planning and of our program. Key gaps in current EOLC practice include lack of integration with clinical community and other professionals, data retrieval system, sustainable financing, or outreach to diverse population subsets.
The WAHA End of Life Community Collaboration Steering Committee seeks to have advance directives on file at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for 60% of Whatcom residents ages 65 and older by 2019, the “60 x 65 Campaign.” In order to achieve this we will focus on Caregivers (Clinicians), Community, and Infrastructure. In other words, we will secure backing and commitment from clinical leadership, gain support and adoption through culture-changing activities, and establish institutional procedures and protocols to achieve the “60 x 65 Campaign” vision.
Percy, Mary Ann, "White Paper: Building a Continuum of End of Life Care in Whatcom County: Expand Advance Care Planning Efforts" (2014). Northwest Life Passages Coalition Documents. 2.
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Palliative treatment--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Terminal care--Washington (State)--Whatcom County
Whatcom County (Wash.)
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