When is the right time to talk about end-of-life care?

Capital Caring Health has teamed up with The Conversation Project, a national public engagement campaign, to educate people on the value of making decisions about their own wishes for end-of-life care and expressing them to their loved ones. Together the organizations are combining efforts to create positive change in the way our society deals with and prepares for their final days.

Research shows that 90 percent of Americans say that talking about their end-of-life care wishes is important.

However the same study shows that only 30 percent of people are actually having these conversations.

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We hope that our “Let’s Talk” campaign will help make things easier to have those tough conversations.

Capital Caring Health is proud to partner with The Conversation Project, a national public engagement campaign focused on educating people on the value of making decisions about their own wishes for end-of-life care and expressing them to their loved ones. Taking action is more important than ever. 

Take Control of What Matters Most

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a public awareness campaign about the importance of advance care planning—that is, thinking about and planning for how you want to be cared for in a medical crisis…before it strikes. As such, it is a deliberate and thoughtful expression of your wishes for end-of-life care, designating who will speak for you when you can no longer speak for yourself, and a guide for those caring for you to follow, including your doctor.

Advance Care Planning is especially important now.

As we all struggle through the current pandemic, learning what matters most to loved ones helps families, clinicians, and communities alike understand values. That knowledge—and the exercise of talking to one another about deeply personal desires and eliminating the need for family to guess what your wishes might be—can bring comfort and peace of mind in times of stress.

So during this time when most of us have very little control over our day-to-day lives, there’s one action we can all take—start exploring end-of-life care wishes, hopes and fears with each other. It’s not easy and it’s a big step, but will give those you love the guiding principles and control to confidently make decisions for you if needed, assuring that your last days are spent the way you would want.

We’ve included all the resources needed to start your conversation, designate and document your health care proxy, talk to your doctor, and more.

To begin your own advance care planning effort, check out:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at 800-869-2136.
Capital Caring Health social workers are available to help you with any part of the process.

Capital Caring Health Experts Answer FAQs about Advance Care Planning

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Five Wishes, America’s most popular living will, is changing the way people talk about, and plan for, care at the end of life. This document meets the legal requirements in 42 states including Virginia and Maryland but is useful in all 50 states, click here to download the EASY fillable PDF form.

If you live in the District of Columbia please click here to download a copy of the Washington DC specific Advance Directive form.

Important Forms & Resources

Health Care Proxy

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Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment Form

Virginia POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) is a physician signed order which communicates, and puts into action, treatment preferences when an individual is near the end of their life. Forms may be obtained by your physician. See these links for the Maryland MOLST and DC MOST forms

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Power of Attorney Forms for medical, property, financial

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