Planning for your medical care and end-of-life care:
The Conversation Project: Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care.
Compassion and Choices: Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life. https://www.compassionandchoices.org/
Colorado Voters Approve Medically-Assisted Death Law (From Colorado Matters on NPR):
In 2017, voters approved the law giving terminally ill patients in Colorado the legal right to end their lives with medication. Compassion and Choices has launched an online tool to help people identify health systems around the state that allow doctors to prescribe the needed drugs. Listen Now: New Online Tool Will Support Access To Colorado’s Medical Aid In Dying Law
Find Care Tool: This online tool is designed to help you choose a facility and medical team which will support you if medical aid in dying is one of the end-of-life options you would like available. https://www.compassionandchoices.org/find-care/
The Five Wishes: The “Five Wishes" document meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in olorado. You can use Five Wishes in olorado to express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself, using a document that is easy to understand. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your Five Wishes is a legal document. This document should be available for free from your hospital or cancer resource center, or you can purchase a copy online at: https://www.agingwithdignity.org/
The Go Wish Game: Go Wish gives you an easy, even entertaining way to talk about what is most important to you. The cards help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living a life that may be shortened by serious illness. Playing the game with your relatives or best friends can help you learn how you can best comfort your loved ones when they need you most.
The Nurse with the Purple Hair is a warm and inspiring documentary about end-of-life care. The film features hospice nurse Michelle Lasota and is directed by world-renowned filmmaker Sean Cunningham. The film honors hospice professionals and the mind-body-spirit services they provide. Our message is simple: Be brave enough to have an end-of-life conversation that matters.