By educating the public about the programs and services we offer, it is our hope that someday everyone who can benefit from our services will know about their options and have the ability to ask for our help.
Mission Hospice offers community outreach programs to help educate individuals and groups on various topics surrounding caregiver resources, healthcare decision making, grief and loss, and end-of-life care issues. Presentations can be tailored to meet your needs.
Activities include speaking engagements, information booths at health or community fairs, and other community events. Members of our Community Relations Program are available to present at local organizations and businesses.
If you wish to have a Mission Hospice representative address your group or for more information please contact Laura Rodseth at (619) 814-4020, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is a new movement committed to helping families talk about their end-of-life care and wishes. You are not alone if you dread having this conversation but it’s important and you can do it. Start out by first taking time to think about how you want to pass on or where you want to spend your late years. This will help get your thoughts in order.
- Who do you want to talk to? Who do you trust to speak for you?
- When would be a good time to talk?
- Where would you feel comfortable talking?
- What do you want to be sure to say?
Then start out with a sentence such as, “I was thinking about what happened to our neighbor Joe and it made me realize…” or “Even though I’m okay right now, I’m worried about the future and I want to be prepared.”
Putting it on paper is the next important step. Everyone should have an advance directive, which legally appoints the person who has agreed to carry out your wishes to make such health decisions on their behalf.
Since 70 percent of people would like to die at home with family around them, it can be overwhelming to think you have to care for your loved one on your own at the end of their life. However, if a patient has a terminal diagnosis that is life limiting to six months or less they often qualify for hospice. Hospice can help meet the goal of dying at home by palliating symptoms, managing patient care and providing end-of-life education. This service is also meant to serve the family not just the patient. Volunteers, bereavement specialists and therapists help make the transition a peaceful process for the patient and family.
It is important to plan for the future and empower yourself and your loved ones with options that meet your needs and desires. Even though discussing these issues may bring up feelings regarding difficult losses and changes, it is important to be proactive and to communicate in order to ensure choice and control during difficult times.
Whatever age you are right now, speak to your loved ones today. You can get more resources at theconversationproject.org.