Everett Clinic providers Dr. Elizabeth Marshall (who directs our Life and Wishes Task Force), Dr. Rob Scarr, Dr. Shilpa Jog, and Dr. Ron Green are featured in The Washington Post article, "Videos aim to inform patients about their medical options at the end of life" for leadership on initiating conversations about end of life care.
The article also tells the story of Ted Goff of Arlington, Wash. who changed his mind about his care options after watching an end of life video that talked about the option to choose comfort care to relieve pain, nausea, and trouble breathing at home or in a hospice versus CPR, breathing machines and hospitalization to prolong life.
"There has to be a little dignity and a little right to die the way you want to,” said Ted's wife, Linda.
The Everett Clinic offers free medical directives classes that discuss: FIVE WISHES™ (a form used to help people make decisions about their medical care later in life), Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney and POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms with specific instructions on how to complete them.
Read the article in The Washington Post by Lena Sun.