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Compassion and Support at the End of Life

  • Individuals facing serious life-threatening illness and approaching death deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and to receive care that is focused on the individual/s goals for care. Families need and deserve to receive support. To achieve their goals, individuals need to plan ahead, know their choices, make sound decisions and share their wishes with their loved ones and health care professionals. This web site aims to educate and empower patients, families, health care and other professionals to accomplish this goal.

  • Developed by the Rochester Health Commission and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Rochester Area with the goal ensuring that care provided to a person who is approaching death, in pain, or both, meets the person's individual wishes and is of the highest quality, regardless of where this person lives or who is providing their care.
  • Please consider downloading the Advanced Care Planning Booklet. It is a comprehensive guide to the advanced care planning process for residents of New York State.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Caring Connections

  • Provides free resources, information and motivation for actively learning about end-of-life resources.
  • Promotes awareness of and engagement in efforts to increase access to quality end-of-life care.
  • Helps people connect with the resources they need, when they need them.
  • Brings together community, state and national partners working to improve end-of-life care.

 

New York State Department of Health

  • Access to important information and forms.
  • Health Care Proxy forms in Spanish, Russian, and Chinese
  • Answers frequently asked questions about the health care proxy

 

Respecting Choices

  • Respecting Choices is an internationally-recognized evidence-based advance care planning program that assists other organizations to implement advance care planning practices that support informed healthcare decisions.
  • A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation owned and operated by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc. in LaCrosse, WI, USA.

 

US Department of Health and Human Services / Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality

  • Research can help physicians and other health care professionals guide patient decisionmaking for care at the end of life.
  • Findings resulting from research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are discussed.
  • This research can help providers offer end-of-life care based on preferences held by the majority of patients under similar circumstances.

 

Summary of State-specific Information regarding Laws for Living Wills

  • Courtesey of FindLaw.com

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