Be@Ease Partners with Local Association to Launch Educational Campaign

Communities across the country are launching programs to educate and encourage neighbors and friends to complete advance care plans.  Advance directives allow people to Arlington Heights Photodocument what healthcare treatments they would want if they are unable to speak for themselves.

In April, 10 churches in Arlington Heights, Ill., gave 11 presentations on advance care planning to more than 270 residents in the community.  Using the materials developed by Be@Ease, the Arlington Heights Ministerial Association educated residents on the importance of having an advance care plan.  A copy of Five Wishes – a form that can be used to document advance care plans was also given to all attendees. The events were promoted in local newspapers to encourage all residents of the community to attend.

Having conversations with family and loved ones about advance care planning is gaining momentum.  National Healthcare Decisions Day celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 16.  The day exists to inspire, educate and empower the pubic and providers about the importance of advance care planning.  The goal of the initiative is to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

If you are interested in launching an advance care planning program in your community, please visit www.beatease.org.  The tools and resources are available free of charge.  The goal of Be@Ease is to encourage anyone 18+ to think about their wishes, put them in writing and share them with others If you would like more information on advance care planning, please contact Rachael Telleen at rtelleen@journeycare.org or (312) 912-2678.