Palliative Care is a medical specialty for anyone with a chronic health condition or life-limiting illness who needs help managing their symptoms or understanding the course of their illness.
Advance Care Planning is the process of understanding your health, choosing a decision maker, and communicating your desires for treatment, should you ever be unable to speak for yourself.
CCWNC recognizes that there is an underutilization of palliative care and hospice care, as well as a need for an increase in the understanding and completion of advance care planning documents. The goals of this initiative are to:
- Improve access to hospice and palliative care services
- Enhance patient autonomy through advance care planning
- Increase the use of advance care planning documents for both patients and physicians
- Facilitate community-wide efforts which support a comprehensive awareness of these issues
We accomplish this by:
- Training care managers to help patients and families navigate the conversations, referrals, and documents needed for a strong advance care plan
- Assisting care managers to help patients secure a referral to a palliative care physician or hospice services, if appropriate
- Training Primary Care Providers and their staff on advance care planning and palliative care
- Assisting practices in implementing a robust advance care planning program that meets PCMH standards
Mountain Coalition for Healthcare Decisions
CCWNC is proud to be the host organization of Mountain Coalition for Healthcare Decisions (MCHD), a community coalition made up of health care providers and other advocates seeking to increase the awareness and utilization of advance care directives in western North Carolina. MCHD hosts monthly advance care planning clinics, trains advance care planning facilitators, and acts as a hub for advance care planning information and advocacy. Find out more at: www.MountainDecisions.org.