In recognition of National Home Care and Hospice Month, Great River Home
Health and Hospice is introducing a new initiative titled The Conversation
Project. Its goal is to ensure everyone’s wishes for end-of-life
care are expressed and respected.
The public-engagement campaign was developed by the Institute for Healthcare
Improvement and Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Goodman. According to The
Conversation Project, 90 percent of people say talking with their loved
ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27 percent have done so.
Great River Home Health and Hospice is offering a free Conversation Starter
Kit. The kit is a step-by-step guide to help prepare for end-of-life conversations.
To download a Conversation Starter Kit, visit
www.greatriverhospice.org, or call Great River Home Health and Hospice at (319) 768-3350 to request
a copy by mail.
“Our goal is to get people talking in their living rooms instead
of delaying this critical conversation,” said Amy Burkhart, community
liaison, Great River Hospice. “This is better than having the conversation
in a hospital or nursing home waiting room.”
It is common for family conflicts and damaged relationships to arise when
family members disagree about care for a loved one who is dying. Without
knowing their loved ones’ wishes, people often experience complex
grief issues when wondering if they did the right thing.
“We encourage people to consider this conversation during the holiday
season,” Burkhart said. “It’s never too early, but it
can be too late.”
The Conversation Project is a self-guided tool for people, regardless of
health status or age, who want to convey their wishes to others. For those
with life-limiting conditions, Great River Hospice offers facilitators
trained in helping families with this important conversation.
To schedule an appointment with a facilitator or receive more information,
please call (319) 768-3350.