We make sure our carees have advance directives. We complete our own. But do we keep up with the conversation around our advance directives? Our treatments options and care needs chance, so may our caree's wishes. Todays guest, Debbie Kasle, will help us create the end of life experience our carees really want.
Debbie Mesirow Kasle of Kasle Advance Health Care Planning is a graduate of Northwestern University Law School, and received a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. During her studies and as she participated in ethical consults, she was surprised to see the discrepancy between how people stated they wanted to be treated in an end of life situation and what was actually occurring at patients’ bedsides. She saw dying patients hooked up to machines, family members overwhelmed and unprepared for the decisions they were being asked to make and in conflict over what their loved one would want. This was occurring even with patients who had prepared advance directives. Believing strongly in the process of advance health care planning, Debbie’s mission is to help people ensure their medical wishes are being honored when they can no longer speak for themselves. To enhance her skills in this field and to facilitate these conversations, she was trained as a First Steps® AdvanceCare Planning Facilitator at the Respecting Choices program in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Debbie also serves on the ethics committee at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can learn more about Debbie on her website, http://kasleplanning.com/