POINT PLEASANT COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TINICUM HEALTH MINISTRY
AND CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH
PRESENT FALL 2019 FORUMS
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 7:30-9 PM.
In the past 50 years, dramatic advances have been made in medical technology and treatment. A marked change in the doctor-patient relationship, with a strong emphasis on self-determination, has accompanied these healthcare advances.
Looking Ahead Advance Care Planning believes these factors constitute a call to action for every person to contemplate what treatment they would want in the case of a terminal illness or a sudden, unexpected catastrophic medical event. And equally important: they should designate a trusted surrogate – a healthcare agent – whom they would authorize to make decisions about their medical care if they were unable to do so themselves.
Looking Ahead addresses these concerns by providing people of any age or health circumstances with professional and personal guidance for making future healthcare decisions. Their advance care planning specialists review the options that are available to each individual and then assist in recording each person’s wishes in accordance with their goals, values and beliefs. Their ACP specialists also facilitate the communication of these wishes to loved ones and healthcare providers.
Betsy’s 34-year-plus career in home health care, hospice and palliative care includes six years with Doylestown Hospital Hospice, seven years as administrator for a home health agency and, most recently, four years as a geriatric care manager. Her own experiences with patients as well as her oversight of other caregivers led her to the certainty that how today’s medical professionals, families and elder or terminally ill patients deal with imminent death is neither healthy nor necessary. Betsy’s goal is not only to help ease the transition that each of us must experience, but also to influence a shift in our culture to a greater acceptance of death and better preparation for the end of every life.