Voices of Care

Make Your Health Care Wishes Known Before It’s Too Late

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Robert Taylor, MD, FAAHPM, FAAN

What would happen if you became seriously ill or injured and couldn’t make medical decisions for yourself? If you have completed a health care proxy (HCP) form that identifies the person you most trust to make those medical decisions, and have spoken with that person and your doctor about your health care wishes, you can have peace of mind. If you haven’t completed an HCP form and have an accident or become so ill that you cannot speak or make health care decisions, doctors will not know which treatments you do and do not want. ...

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Stephanie Patel, MD

This is the 10-year anniversary of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, a day that was founded to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. This special initiative creates an opportunity to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding how much treatment they want to receive at end of life and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. ...

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New Year’s Resolution – Document Your Health Care Wishes

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Stephanie Patel, MD

This time of year lends itself to self-reflection and resolutions, and is a good time to take stock of what is important in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At Care Dimensions, we believe that one of the most important resolutions you can make in 2017 is to engage in advance care planning by completing an advance directive. ...

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Care Dimensions Advocates Planning for Medicare Hospice Patients

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Lisa Conti

Hospice patients on Medicare would have greater access to advance care planning and end-of-life discussions with their care teams under proposed legislation. Care Dimensions staff members and more than 200 hospice supporters from across the U.S. championed the bills this week during the Hospice Action Network’s two-day “advocacy intensive” meeting in Washington, D.C. ...

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Advance Directives: Make a Plan Before It’s Too Late

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Sarah Shepard, LICSW

Advance directives are empowering! That’s why on April 16, organizations in all 50 states participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative designed to inspire, educate, and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. ...

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Who Will Speak for YOU if You Are Too Ill to Speak for Yourself?

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Care Dimensions

Care Dimensions has a team of compassionate professionals who can assist you or your loved ones diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. We can walk with you every step of the way and provide assistance in making your decisions regarding your advance care needs. ...

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