As a healthcare professional, and possibly as a patient yourself, you know better than anyone the strengths and weaknesses that exist in the medical and healthcare industry; particularly when a patient is dying.
You know that patients are living longer with a chronic terminal illness but often lack the quality of life they would choose. Many patients do not know they have options.
This is would be in my End of Life Doula “checklist”.
The End of Life Doula is a non-medical role. They are not medical professionals, but they are trained in end of life care and provide a needed service, to help coordinate and advocate for their clients and their families. To reach the most people the Dying Your Way website gives access to doula services online through the DYW Portal Program and individual teleconferencing with a certified End of Life Doula.
We encourage you to explore this site to see if the information provided to the dying patient and their loved ones will fill a gap for your patients while reinforcing what you have been saying.
A good death is possible for all of us and creating a death plan is one step to making it a reality. This is in everyone’s best interest and while you’re there, create your own!