|Encouraging and facilitating advance health care planning by the people of West Michigan.|
Making Choices Michigan (MCM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community collaborative that provides FREE Advance Care Planning to West Michigan residents. MCM’s First Steps® certified facilitators meet with you to help identify personal, basic goals for life-sustaining treatment if you should suffer a severe, neurologic illness and are unlikely to recover. The First Steps® facilitator can also help you recognize qualities that are important in an effective Patient Advocate. Your facilitator will meet with you and your selected Patient Advocate to discuss your preferences for care. Finally, your facilitator will assist you in documenting your preferences for care in the Advance Directive (AD).
MCM has collaborated with the healthcare community to recognize and honor the individual’s AD document for end-of-life preferences. Great Lakes Health Connect, a Health Information Exchange, facilitates the sharing of medical information between hospitals and health providers. GLHC has developed an electronic storage and retrieval system for Advance Directives. Making Choices Michigan recommends that you share your AD document with your loved ones, healthcare provider, hospital(s) and Great Lakes Health Connect.
Age is not the defining factor here. Any adult should take the time to think about these issues, discuss them with family and loved ones, make decisions, and document it. MCM was created to facilitate that process.
People are sharing...
I want to thank you both for making this (Advance Care Planning) happen for me. The experience really helped me think through some of my wishes. It gave me some specifics to talk about with my children so that they will understand me and my needs better. They will be surprised that I would like to be in residential hospice if that is necessary. I feel more at peace about the future, even though I probably will never wrap my mind around not “being!”
A Message from Making Choices Michigan (click to play)
Bed Emdin, MCM Board Chairman
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