Monday, June 14, 2010

Care-grieving and Kind Ethics

Are you experiencing care-grieving?

Please join me Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ Noon EST: Viki Kind will be my guest. Viki is a clinical bioethicist, medical educator, hospice volunteer and the author of: The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making – Making Choices for Those Who Can’t.

If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, how would you answer these questions?
1. Does your loved one have the ability to make his or her own decisions?
2. Based on past conversations, do you know what your loved one would want in various medical situations?
3. How can you keep your elderly loved one included in ways that are safe for her/him to participate?

Wouldn't it be a relief to know that you are making decisions your loved one would want?

Join me and Viki as we discuss ways caregivers can be empowered to make appropriate, kind and ethical decisions.

We will look at ways families and healthcare professionals might be guided through the process of making decisions for those who are losing or have lost capacity to make decisions for themselves.

We will also discuss Viki's adaptable system for making difficult choices, including end-of-life decisions, while respecting the individual's values and beliefs. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution but can be adapted depending on the person's level of incapacity and the situation.

Who should listen? Any and everyone caring for elderly loved ones, especially those diagnosed with Alzheimer's (or other types of dementia), strokes, brain injuries, mental illness, developmental delays or other mental limitations will benefit from listening to this episode.

Listeners will learn the decision-making pathway and tools to help give voice to those who can't speak for themselves.

Listeners will also learn specific strategies, questions to use, and how these tools will work in real life situations.

Respect and compassion are the core values of this decision-making process.

Whether you a professional caregiver or a family caregiver, you will come away feeling more knowledgeable and confident about making decisions for those in your care.

As Viki would say: "Have a kind and respectful day."
Sandra-Caregiver Guru for the Caregiver Generation

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