As the end of another year approaches, many are working on their New Year resolutions. This is a great time to begin thinking of what kind of care you would want if faced with a serious illness. Although April is National Healthcare Decision month, this past year there has been an ongoing national campaign to raise awareness and start these important discussions among families, loved ones, and physicians. Coordinated through the Hospice Foundation of America and The John and Wauna Harman Foundation, more than 650 organizations have partnered to engage their local communities in “Being Mortal” events.
CompassionCare Hospice and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center have partnered to host screenings of this documentary in March of 2017. The events will include a showing of the PBS FRONTLINE FILM, Being Mortal, followed by a guided audience discussion with a panel of experts from the Las Vegas community. The goal of these events is that participants can walk away understanding the concrete steps they can take to start having conversations with their loved ones and healthcare professionals.
Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only thirty percent have done so. Largely as a result of this, seventy percent of those living in the U.S. die in hospitals despite an equal percentage saying they want to pass at home. The Being Mortal project is changing those numbers by encouraging conversation and action. One hundred percent of the medical and healthcare professionals who have attended these screenings report the event will help them talk to their patients regarding advanced care planning and end-of-life-care. An overwhelming amount of audience members report that they will decide on a person they would want to make healthcare decisions if they were unable, think about end-of-life care preferences, and communicate those wishes to a loved one.