Advance Care Planning

Give your loved ones – and yourself – peace of mind

 

Everyone deserves to live life on their own terms and in the way they think best. Unfortunately, sometimes illness or injury interfere and force people into unexpected decisions.

To guarantee your quality of life regardless of what the future holds, learn about your options and communicate your end-of-life wishes today. Doing so guarantees that no matter what circumstances arise, your preferences guide decisions.

While the benefits of advance care planning are undeniable, taking action can be difficult.

“Advance care planning can be an emotional subject, so our goal has always been to create a level of comfort surrounding end-of-life issues and encourage people in our community to begin having these important conversations with their family members,” says Susan de Cuba, president and CEO of Treasure Coast Hospice. “The best time to make plans for your care or the care of a loved one is before you are faced with a medical crisis.”

Here’s some basic information to get you started and to help you secure peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.

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Advance directive

This is what you ultimately want to create. An advance directive is a written statement that describes your wishes, preferences, and choices regarding end-of-life healthcare decisions. It’s a tool that can help you think through and communicate your choices so they’re accessible to concerned parties in the event that you’re unable to speak for yourself.

What to include

Some of the things to consider during advance-care planning that you might want to include in your advance directive are:

  • In the event of chronic or serious illness, would you want to pursue every medical avenue available to you?
  • What type of pain control do you want and when should it be administered?
  • Do you want to set limits on the type and length of medical treatment?

Consider using ‘Five Wishes®’ to get started

Five Wishes®” is an easy-to-use legal-document template written in simple language that helps you plan and communicate how you want to be cared for if you become seriously ill. It helps you express your desires in personal, spiritual, medical and legal matters and meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in 42 states, including Florida.

Carefully planning what you would want in the event of a life-limiting illness helps ensure that your care is in keeping with your values and that your wishes are respected. By having those conversations today, you can give yourself and your family peace of mind, regardless of what the future holds.

To learn more about “Five Wishes®” or to schedule a presentation about advance care planning for your group or community, please email Craig Perry in Martin County, or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.

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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

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Five Wishes ®

“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. 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 ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.