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

A Graceful Life

Check out A Graceful Life podcast for a 2-part series on advance directives. Part 1: Dr. Sam Caughron shares how he approaches the subject of advance care planning with patients and why it is so important. Part 2: Marianne Capone, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discusses the importance of having an advance directive.

The Importance of Being Prepared

By Marianne Capone, 04/14/2021 It was Mother’s Day 2005, a beautiful spring day with a high blue sky. Our family had gathered in Charlottesville for the weekend, and we had a restaurant reservation for dinner that evening.  I remember that my dad and mom, ages 82 and 81 respectively, went for a walk around theContinue reading “The Importance of Being Prepared”

Death-friendly communities ease fear of aging and dying

The Conversation Project – Death looms larger than usual during a global pandemic. An age-friendly community works to make sure people are connected, healthy and active throughout their lives, but it doesn’t pay as much attention to the end of life. What might a death-friendly community ensure? In today’s context, the suggestion to become friendly with deathContinue reading “Death-friendly communities ease fear of aging and dying”

Free Zoom Workshop on Advance Directives!

To recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day 2021, the Central Virginia Advance Directives Collaborative is excited to partner with Honoring Choices Virginia to offer two FREE public Zoom workshops on advance directives! Join us, April 20th (5:30 pm – 7 pm) or April 22nd (10:30 am – 12 pm) for My Care, My Choice: Tools toContinue reading “Free Zoom Workshop on Advance Directives!”

Community Conversations: Finding Your Voice at the End of Life

Hospice of the Piedmont – Hospice of the Piedmont will be launching a virtual series of events called Community Conversations. The first event, which takes place on March 10, at 2 p.m., focuses on how patients can take control and find their voice at the end of life. Maintaining quality of life after receiving aContinue reading “Community Conversations: Finding Your Voice at the End of Life”