If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions.
“Being Mortal”, a Frontline PBS program based off the book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”, by Dr. Atul Gawande, underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
CompassionCare Hospice took part in a nationwide campaign this past year by offering free screenings of this important documentary throughout the Las Vegas community. We participated in and led guided conversations on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life and preferences. CompassionCare hosted over 15 screenings and have more scheduled for the month of October.
Read a brief article here on Dr. Atul Gawande’s questions we should be asking our loved-ones about end-of-life.
For more information on the screenings scheduled in October or to schedule a screening, please contact Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh at 702-636-0200.