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Facilitating advance care planning discussions

Having discussions about wishes for end-of-life care is important for adults of any age, but especially for older adults. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization identifies the following as part of advance care planning (ACP): 

  • Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
  • Deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
  • Sharing your personal values with your loved ones.
  • Completing advance directives to put into writing what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be unable to speak for yourself.

Knowing how to guide families and individuals in advance care planning discussions is an important skill for people who work in healthcare, social work, or ministry. The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) will host an advance care planning workshop for people interested in being certified to facilitate ACP discussions. 

Respecting Choices (RC) is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model of ACP that creates a healthcare culture of person-centered care; care that honors an individual's goals and values for current and future healthcare. CAC will host the following Respecting Choices workshop on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Respecting Choices LAST STEPS Facilitator Certification Workshop: This workshop will offer training and certification opportunities for Last Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitator candidates. This training is designed to help participants learn the skills needed to have end-of-life discussions with frail elders or those living in long-term care facilities.

For more information or to register for the LAST STEPS workshop, click here

Who should attend these workshops: Nurses, social workers, case managers, physicians, physician assistants, elder law attorneys, chaplains, medical students, nursing students -- anyone who conducts advance care planning or end of life discussions.

NOTE: Both courses require completion of a 4-6 hour online educational module prior to arriving at the October 7 workshop.

For more information: Contact Kennedy Doyle at (317) 791-5920 or