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Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making.

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Sandra Haymon

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Does your loved one have the ability to make his/her own decisions? Do you know what your loved one(s) wishes are regarding end-of-life medical choices? Do you know how to keep them included in the decision making process? My special guest is Viki Kind, a clinical bioethicist, medical educator, hospice volunteer, and author of The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making. We will discuss ways caregivers can gain empowerment when charged with making decisions for those who can't make decisions for themselves. Vicki offers practical tools, techniques and support for making informed, respectful decisions for those affected by Alzheimer’s, strokes, brain injuries, developmental delays, mental illness, and other mental limitations. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, it can be adapted to the individual's level of incapacity. Vicki’s decision-making pathway and tools enable caregivers to give voice to those who can't speak for themselves. She offers specific strategies as to how to use these tools in real life situations. Respect and compassion are the core values of this process, and caregivers can gain peace of mind about the decisions they make. Whether you’re a professional or family caregiver, you will come away feeling more knowledgeable and confident about making decisions for those in your care. This is a MUST episode for professional and family caregivers in the role of taking care of individuals with Alzheimer's (or other dementias), stroke, brain injury, mental illness, developmental delays, or other limitations.

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