Advance Care Planning – Resources
Check out our upcoming ACP training dates:
First Steps® ACP Facilitator Training
Community volunteers and healthcare professionals are invited to participate in this evidence-based training to become a certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Our training is a two-part course consisting of four to six hours of online instruction and a full day of training with didactic and role play experience. Participants will learn effective communication and interview skills to empower individuals through the process of discussing, deciding, and documenting their healthcare preferences.
Monday, November 16, 2020
All training dates will be hosted online via Zoom from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Advanced Steps® ACP Facilitator Training
Advanced Steps Advance Care Planning conversations are initiated as a component of quality end-of-life care for frail elders and those whose death in the next 12 months would not be unexpected. The Advance Steps conversation is focused on goals of care to make timely, proactive, and specific end-of-life decisions. This training is available to those who have completed the First Steps ACP Facilitator Training.
For additional information, please contact Rose Seavolt via
Choreographed Health Solutions: https://roseseavolt.kartra.com/page/FacilitatorCourses
Destigmatizing Mental Health Advance Directives
This course offers individuals including Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitators the opportunity to enhance their understanding of common and various terms used in ACP and estate planning. The attendee will be given additional information regarding which document is used when there are multiple ACP documents and Michigan laws surrounding the use of advance directives and wishes for no resuscitation in given situations. Completing the advance directive legally and clearly is reviewed. Ample time for questions is provided for any of the topics covered in this course.
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
- Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Nicky Lewis, LMSW
Respecting Choices First Steps ACP Facilitator and Instructor;
Community Mental Health Expert
All scheduled webinars will run from 12 PM to 1 PM unless otherwise noted.
For more information or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org | (616) 421-4840
Check out what events are happening in your community:
Wednesday, September 30th at 6 PM Led by veteran facilitator Jill Peirce & Community Engagement Organizer Dr. Carol Robinson
Change the end-of-life narrative from a negative to a positive death experience. The goal of a Death Cafe is “To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”. To do this, we try to get people to think about death and share their feelings and experiences. We believe that our society doesn’t make it easy to talk about death. This is what Death Cafe does – make time for people to talk and think about death and end of life decisions in a relaxed and safe setting (your own home)! Registration is limited to 20 participants.
For more info visit: www.deathcafe.com
To register please contact: email@example.com or (616) 421-4840
Virtual Book Discussion: Tuesdays with Morrie
Virtual Book Discussion: Tuesdays with Morrie
Tuesday, October 20 at 4 PM
Led by veteran facilitator Dave Kampfschulte
Every Day with Morrie – Tuesdays with Morrie was on the best seller list for over 5 years. Join us for a lively, thought provoking session as we talk about the impact of this book, why it still strikes a chord today, and the lifelong lessons that Morrie not only imparted to his pupil Mitch, but people the world over. Was Morrie a very unique person? Or can we learn from his lessons and be more like him by making changes in our own lives?
To register please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 421-4840
Virtual Office Hours
Let’s Talk… And Stay Safe
We continue to offer virtual Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations via phone calls (including group calls) and live audiovisual services (Zoom). A number of people have taken advantage of the service to either update their Advance Directive (AD) or create their first AD.
To request a conversation: email@example.com or call us at 616-421-4840
A New Season
After almost three years, our talented Meagan Zoodsma is off to a new assignment as Senior Business Partner to Doug Dietzman, Executive Vice President at MiHIN. Meagan will be working with Monica over the next few weeks to get her acclimated to our work. If you would like to connect with Meagan, her new email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Assuming her position is Monica Ward, our new Program Manager…
Advance Care Planning (ACP) during the COVID-19 Pandemic
You have heard it over and over by now; “unprecedented, uncertain times, ventilator shortage”. The list goes on. Coping methods differ between individuals. Some don’t want to hear anything, others are scouring the internet and listening to the news for any information they can find.
Our mission has always been to educate the public about healthcare choices, including end of life choices, and to work with our healthcare communities so that those choices are known and respected at the time of need. Being educated and sharing your treatment preferences with your patient advocate is a way for you to take control of your healthcare. It is also a gift, both to your patient advocate, and to our healthcare providers! Everyone needs to know what is most important to you during this uncertain time…
Advance Directive Documents
Download the documents below to get started
We recommend taking advantage of a facilitated conversation to start discussing your goals and preferences for future healthcare. A facilitator will guide you through the process to help you identify a patient advocate and what is important to you to live a good life. The Advance Directive has been approved as a “common document” by many Michigan hospitals.
Download Your Advance Directive Forms Today!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is advance care planning?
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process – a conversation, really – to help you clarify your health care values for future end-of-life care. The conversation includes you, your loved ones, a trained facilitator, and eventually your health care providers. The discussions will help you clarify your wishes regarding future medical care should you no longer be able to speak for yourself.
What is an Advance Directive (AD)?
The Advance Directive (AD) is a document created as a result of advance care planning discussions. It reflects your healthcare values and preferences for end-of-life care. For example, what are your preferences for pain management? When would you want life-support treatment versus allowing a natural death?
The AD also appoints a patient advocate to speak for you if you are deemed unable to make informed decisions about your care. Your attending physician and another physician or psychologist must agree, in writing, that you are incapable of making informed decisions. In Michigan, an AD is often called a Patient Advocate Designation.
How is an Advance Directive different from a Living Will?
A Living Will expresses your healthcare values and preferences for end-of-life care with- out naming a patient advocate. Michigan law does not specifically authorize a Living Will as a separate document, but the information can be included in an Advance Directive (or Patient Advocate Designation).
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Resources for Participants
The journey of life has many twists and turns. No matter where you find yourself along the path, these resources are valuable tools.
Patient Advocate Guidance
Being an advocate is an honor and an important job. Learn more about being an effective patient advocate, should you be asked to speak on someone else’s behalf.
A Patient Advocate (also known as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) is often mistaken for a similar term – Durable Power of Attorney. A Durable Power of Attorney is responsible for your belongings and finances if you should not be able to speak for yourself, while a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare (DPOAH), or patient advocate, makes decisions about your medical care on your behalf.
To be an effective patient advocate it is essential to take the time to have meaningful conversations with the person for whom you are an advocate what their preferences are for healthcare. If you are in a situation where you have to speak on their behalf you will be asked to share what the person would want, not what you think they would want. You must also be able to advocate for the person’s healthcare decisions even though you may not personally agree with those decisions.
Finally, to become a patient advocate you must accept the role in writing.
Patient Advocate Resources
Empower Your Workforce
Providing resources for your employees to learn about, and engage in, advance care planning results in an empowered workforce who are advocates for their own healthcare.
Today’s workforce is diverse, consisting of employees of a wide range of ages, health status, and knowledge about how they can take the drivers’ seat when it comes to making healthcare decisions.
Incorporating this service into your wellness and benefits programs includes educating and empowering your workforce through “lunch and learns,” trainings, and providing opportunities for them to have conversations with our team to discuss, decide, and document their healthcare preferences.
When people are proactive about their healthcare planning and have discussed their goals and preferences in advance, they are better prepared for navigating decisions about prescriptions, treatments, and care options, resulting in an optimization of healthcare services and cost.
Learn more about providing this proactive and empowering planning service to your patients.
Helping patients proactively discuss their goals and preferences for healthcare has many benefits, however, we know that there are also barriers to having these conversations in a healthcare setting. Limited time, resources, staffing, and processes can hinder your ability to provide this service to your patients. Our professional staff can provide training for your team to have the skills and confidence to have these empowering conversations with your patients.
We also know that sometimes people are more comfortable having these conversations outside of a healthcare setting. Our proactive model provides this service to your patients by meeting them “where they are” both literally and figuratively. We currently facilitate conversations in client’s homes, in assisted care facilities, at community centers, at places of worship, and more.
Interested in having your staff trained to become advance care planning facilitators? Visit our training page for upcoming dates, give us a call, or fill out the form below, to learn more about how we can support your team and your patients.
Resources For Healthcare Professionals
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Are you interested in learning more about how to advocate for your health? Explore our additional resources below.
Whether you are just getting started with your plan or are seeking more detailed information on topics such as green burial options, document storage, and retrieval, or your options for organ donation – this is your place to access resources. Take your time browsing through the numerous articles and videos – we’re sure you’ll leave feeling empowered.
Provides more detailed instruction on choosing your Patient Advocate(s) role, how/when the role goes into effect, and review/storage options.
(A.K.A. Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare): Legal document to name your Patient Advocate(s) and gives express permission to the Advocate to follow your goals of care (including starting, not starting, or stopping life support treatment). Pages A1-9
Used for well adults (18+) and those with stable chronic illness, this form describes care goals for those with acute neurologic illness/injury; gives general preferences regarding CPR (it is NOT a DNR form!). Pages B1-2
Complete and place behind Michigan driver’s license/ID card to notify EMS of your Patient Advocate name and AD location.
Books and Articles
Download your Advanced Directive forms today!