There will be a point in our lives that we will have to have that conversation with our parents, our siblings, or other loved ones, about the care they wish to receive when they are no longer able to care for themselves or become incapacitated to the point where they are unable to make medical ethical decisions for themselves. What if this happens to you? Do your loved one know what your wishes are?
Last year I attended a Biomedical ethics community forum that was put on for free by Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The topic was of Palliative and Hospice care. I wish that someone would have offered this ten years ago when my father passed away from the finaly stages of lymphoma. I didn' t know then was exactly the difference between palliative and hospice care was. All we were told was tat we was going be me made comfortable. Though it was too late for my father, I now feel better informed should my mother fall in to the same situation.
On October 25th, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA will be having a free community forum about barriers to compassionate care.
Below are the topic and speakers.
Catholic? Non-Catholic? What to expect at Providence - Jennifer Shaw, Ph.D, Directory, Theology and Ethics, St. Joseph Health System
Goals of Care: Caring Conversations Before you Need Them - Charles von Gunten, M.D., Medical Director, Center for Palliative Studies, San Diego Hospice, UC San Diego
Plain Speak: Health Literacy, Informed Consent and Shared Decision-Making - Rebecca Sudore, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatics, UC San Francisco
Magic, Miracles and Modern Medicine: If all the Hands that Reach Could Touch - Steven Levy, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Course Director, Medical Ethics and Public health, Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine
Light refreshments will be served.
Last years filled up quickly and reservations are highly recommended.
RSVP (818) 847-4535 by Wednesday October 22.
Let them know you saw this in Broowaha. They are always interested in knowing how they are found in the community.