Medical and Health Care Information

Here's some information to consider for the kind of care you want right now, and to help you plan for future care.

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Creating a Road Map for Lifelong Quality Care

Talk with your doctors and care providers about your goals for care and your planning documents, to create your own personal road map for quality care at every stage of health.

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Elizabeth J. Collins, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Lahey Health

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Things to Know about Life-Sustaining Treatment

A guide to some commonly asked questions about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Artificial Ventilation/Breathing, and Artificial Nutrition.

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Care Providers: Important Members of Your Health Care Team

A care provider is any person helping to provide personal and medical care. Working as part of your health care team, they provide essential services and compassionate care.

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Kate Granigan, MSW, LICSW, C-ASWCM, CEO, LifeCare Advocates

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Choosing Hospice: A Personal Journey for Adults and Families

Hospice helps adults with advanced illness transition through to the end of life, and live each day to the fullest.

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Nancy Storer, Christina Della Croce, Cindy Mayher, Denise McQuaide, Parmenter Community Health Care

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For Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Health Care Providers: Information & Resources to Help Adults with Serious Advancing Illness

On December 19, 2014, new state regulations went into effect that require all licensed hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities to distribute information regarding a full range of end of life care options to adults with serious advancing illness. We’ve put together information and tools to help physicians and nurse practitioners work in partnership with patients to start planning discussions and offer the best possible care that honors a patient’s values and choices.

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Also visit the web page “Know Your Choices: A Guide for Patients with Serious Advancing Illness”, Dept. of Public Health.