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.

  • Sept. 18: Advance Directives: Speaker Betsy Payn, MSN, Executive Director of Looking Ahead

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.

  • Oct. 2:  Advance Directives Part 2, and Hospice Information: Speaker Veronica Coyne, MD, Medical Director, Looking Ahead Advance Care Planning and former Medical Director for Doylestown Hospital Hospice.
  • Oct. 16: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: From the Alzheimer’s Association, we welcome Julie Thomas, a registered nurse and counselor with over 25 years of experience in caring for people with dementia.  She has held several nursing management positions in which she had oversight of dementia specific communities and programs. Julie started working for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in 2004.  Currently, she is retired from her most recent position as the Associate Director of Clinical Services.  Julie attended Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, DeSales University and has a Masters of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program from Chestnut Hill College.
  • Oct. 30: Waste, Its Final Resting Place: Ever wonder what happens to your trash? Of course, you do! On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church will present a forum on Solid Waste: Its Final Resting Place. Featuring Peter Hutwelker, founder and president of ES2 Environmental Systems & Equipment Service, Inc., located in Pipersville, PA, this informative session will provide an overview and specifics about how solid waste is managed. ES2 designs, builds, installs and services process control systems for Sanitary Landfills. Mr. Hutwelker is a graduate of Penn College of Technology and has worked in the field of process controls and chemical feed for over 37 years. Learn how a landfill works and how new technologies are used to protect the environment. With environmental concerns on everyone’s mind, come prepared to have your questions answered.