Health Care Advocacy
The Service Provider aims to support the Client, the Caregiver(s), and the family in navigating a complex healthcare system and to be prepared to ask the right questions at the right time. This process involves:
Advance Care Planning
The Service Provider can assist the Client and/or Caregiver(s) in creating the appropriate documentation for an Advanced Care Directive. This can involve:
If desired the Service Provider can facilitate a conversation with the Client and/or Caregiver(s) with regards to a legacy project which can be a personal and creative way to be remembered. A legacy project can be almost anything; some previous projects I have worked on with Clients and their families include:
The Service Provider can provide emotional and physical support at the bedside of a dying individual. This support looks different for each person and/or family and can include spiritual support.
End of Life Planning
The Service Provider can assist the Client and/or Caregiver(s) with end-of-life planning including but not limited to:
The Service Provider can provide grief support, education, and resources as soon as an individual receives a life threatening diagnosis up until well beyond the loss of a loved one if needed. The Service Provider can also make referrals to formal grief therapy if requested or required.
Limitation of Services
1.The Service Provider does not perform any medical or clinical tasks, such as but not limited to monitoring heart rate or blood pressure, wound care, and/or administering drugs.
2. The Service Provider will not make any decisions for the Client or their healthcare proxy if applicable. It is the Service Provider's intention to get the Client and Caregiver(s) the information they need to make an informed decision.
3. The Service Provider will not give any medical advice or speak to medical professionals on behalf of the Client. The Service Provider can direct the Client to resources and help educate the Client and/or Caregiver(s) to advocate for themselves to their medical team(s).
End of life doulas are trained to support people through their end-of-life experience, including their final days and moments. They can help families and friends understand and navigate the medical system, provide emotional support and companionship, and help with practical tasks like making arrangements for caregiving or cleaning out a home. They also provide spiritual guidance if that's what's needed.