Kristi M.

In my career as a Social Worker I have always been aware of the importance of Advance Care Planning.  I feel like it is a part of my daily conversations.  This experience was truly eye opening for me.  My conversations changed from not only completing your Advance Care Planning documents but choosing the right person to fulfill your wishes. 

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Story:

In my career as a Social Worker I have always been aware of the importance of Advance Care Planning.  I feel like it is a part of my daily conversations.  When I started my hospice career over ten years ago, an interesting experience occurred that was truly eye opening and changed my “daily conversations” regarding Advance Care Planning.

A woman was admitted into the Inpatient Unit where I was the social worker.  She was declining rather quickly and I was getting information from the nurses that the family was wanting more aggressive measures done.  I met with the patient’s spouse who shared copies of her Advance Care Planning paperwork.  He began to tell me they would want her to receive IV’s and be placed on a ventilator, if necessary.  I began to read her living will, which stated the exact opposite.  I shared with the spouse that his wife had done such an amazing job of documenting her wishes and everything he is asking for is what she requested not to have.  He understood but his son was the MPOA and he wanted everything done so that is what they would do.  I continued to provide education regarding what these documents were meant to do but he asked that we send his wife back to the hospital.  We complied with his wishes and we later learned she passed at the hospital.

This experience was truly eye opening for me.  My conversations changed from not only completing your Advance Care Planning documents but choosing the right person to fulfill your wishes.  To be a part of this initiative at Hospice of the West and have the ability to continue to educate others is a true honor.

Professional Bio:

Kristi has been a hospice professional for over ten years.  She started her hospice career has a Medical Social Worker in an Inpatient Unit and now serves as a hospice liaison where she is able to connect with the community and provide education on the hospice benefit.