Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center provides this site to inform seniors and their caregivers about classes and resources of value. Programs are generally open to the community-at-large and include support groups for diabetes and classes concerning mental health, advance care planning, wellness through life’s end, managing ongoing conditions and many others. A link to the Kaiser Santa Rosa education catalogue is also provided along with links to area hospices and senior resources.
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Last Acts Program spearheaded the national movement in the late 1990s on into 2004. Incredible research and publishing was completed during that period and available through this site along with more current publications.
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Free, convenient advice and support via your computer. Link2Care if for caregivers caring for people with dementia and covers every facet of caregiving for this population. You'll find help with care planning and decision making, timely articles, and a community of caring friends. You can consult an expert, one-on-one, for medical, legal and caregiving advice-it's all free, all available at your convenience. And the site is a secure, password protected site, for your privacy and confidentiality. ... Read More
Living Old is one hour Frontline program filmed November 21, 2006 presenting a powerful and intimate journey into the uncharted territory of Americans living longer than ever — and what it means for them, their loved ones and our society. On this site you can view the whole program or individual chapters including:
The Stories-Living lives that neither the elderly nor their families ever prepared for.
Interviews-Doctors, one family’s story, and a conversation with a remarkable 94 year-old.
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MedicAlert® is the leading personal health record repository for medical information with its famous Medic Alert bracelet and medical id alert necklaces recognized worldwide. Medic Alert bracelets and necklaces are used to inform emergency responders about medications, do not resuscitate orders and other information important if you are unable to speak for yourself.
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No matter what our health problems may be, it is important that we are all recognized and respected as being the best source of information about ourselves and what is important to us. If you are unable to make decisions or communicate for yourself when facing mental health challenges, the Mental Health Supportive Care Plan (MHSCP) could help guide people you trust, your designated Health Care Agent and health professionals when providing needed care and support. It can help you direct them to make ... Read More
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a document to help ensure that a patient’s wishes are known and honored toward the end of life. It uses a standardized medical order used to indicate which types of life-sustaining treatment a seriously ill patient wants or doesn’t want if his or her condition worsens.
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This form was developed by the CA Emergency Medical Services Authority, in concert with the CA Medical Association and emergency medical services (EMS) providers, for purposes of instructing EMS personnel to forego resuscitation attempts in the event of a patient's cardiopulmonary arrest. This form orders that no medical procedure be done to restart breathing or heart functioning if the heart stops beating or a person stops breathing. This form does not prevent a person from obtaining other emergency ... Read More
PREPARE. Launched 1/4/13 by UCSF, PREPARE assists people to think through how health care decisions would be made if a person is unable or unwilling to guide their own health care. It is user friendly, written to 5th grade level for ease of use, has helpful videos and a narrator for every aspect of advance care planning one should address. Five steps help think this through in a most helpful manner and empower action needed to have a good plan in place. The objective of this innovative approach ... Read More
Promises to Keep: Changing the Way We Provide Care at the End of Life published by the National Coalition on Health Care and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in October, 2000. This report presents the stories of institutions and organizations that made a commitment to change and innovation to improve care at the end of life. The profiles presented in this report reflect some of the most promising pioneering efforts underway in the field of palliative care. RAND’s Center to Improve Care ... Read More