Commentary: Advance directives let patients keep control By Marianna Capone Daily Progress – Consider this typical scenario because it can happen to any of us. A 76-year-old woman comes to a local emergency department by ambulance. She is unconscious, struggling to breathe. While the emergency department team works to understand and treat her condition, aContinue reading

Vital Signs: An Advance Care Plan is a gift to your family

By: Tammy James Daily Progress – After enduring the pandemic over the past two years, we can probably agree that life is unpredictable and precious. As a hospital chaplain providing care for people facing challenging health conditions, I have witnessed the importance of people having an Advance Care Plan/Advance Directive/Living Will in place. No matterContinue reading “Vital Signs: An Advance Care Plan is a gift to your family”

Learn More about Advance Directives this National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance Directives for Family Members Dr. Timothy Short, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Education Institute at Hospice of the Piedmont and CVADC member discusses the importance of advance directives for oneself and family members. Watch the video below to learn more! Advance Directive Information for Healthcare Professionals Dr. Timothy Short, Chief Medical OfficeContinue reading “Learn More about Advance Directives this National Healthcare Decisions Day”

Advance Medical Directive Hits the Spot

By Dr. Samuel D. Caughron, MD – Charlottesville Wellness Center Family Practice MDVIP Sometimes you just hit the right thing at the right time. My focus in medicine has been to help people reach their goals. X was a wonderful 82-year-old male with multiple medical problems that I followed regularly. He lived with his sonContinue reading “Advance Medical Directive Hits the Spot”

Advance Care Planning: A Gift You Give Yourself – and Your Loved Ones

NextAvenue.org – Lisa Cassaro and her husband were in their 40s, living in Orcutt, Calif., when they learned about advance care planning in the most difficult way possible. Jeff Cassaro had no apparent health issues when he suddenly broke his arm one day while unplugging a fan. Doctors diagnosed him with Stage 4 kidney cancer.Continue reading “Advance Care Planning: A Gift You Give Yourself – and Your Loved Ones”

How to Have ‘The Talk’ During COVID-19

NextAvenue.org – For parents of adolescent children, the toughest talk is sitting down with the kids and discussing the facts of life. But for adult kids, the toughest talk can be sitting down with their elders and discussing their life and death decisions. COVID-19 has made that very personal talk far, far more complex —Continue reading “How to Have ‘The Talk’ During COVID-19”

JABA CEO Moderates Discussion on Advance Care Planning for Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging

We talk a lot about how we want to live our life. What are our goals? And yet, we often avoid a discussion about our goals for end of life. This has come more to the forefront during COVID. Moderated by JABA CEO Marta Keane, this webinar will explain the importance of advance care planning,Continue reading “JABA CEO Moderates Discussion on Advance Care Planning for Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging”

Pandemic Underscores Need for End-of-Life Training

NPR – The COVID-19 pandemic caught most Americans by surprise, showing us the many ways we were not prepared for a widespread health emergency.  At the University of Virginia, two professors of nursing say we should have trained more medical professionals in how to help patients and their families face the end of life. ReadContinue reading “Pandemic Underscores Need for End-of-Life Training”