BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April 16th, 2016 was National Patient Decision Day! To celebrate this important day, Bridgeway Senior Healthcare and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital hosted an event to focus on end-of-life planning with families and members of the community. www.bridgewayseniorcare.com
New Jersey now has a new resource to make your loved ones preferences known called the Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment or POLST. This form is intended to be completed by the patient and their doctor. You should have a POLST form if:
- Seriously ill with a life-limiting advanced illness
- Frail and weak and have trouble performing routine daily activities
- Afraid of losing the capacity to make your own healthcare decisions in the near future
- Living in a nursing home or hospice
In an effort to continue to educate our families and surrounding community, Robin Berkman, LCSW, Social Worker at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Fran Gerber, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Services at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare and Mary Kelly, APN, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at RWJ-NB took turns discussing the various sections of the POLST form. www.nj.gov/health/advancedirective/polst/
Dr. David Barile, founder and Medical Director of the non-profit organization, Goals of Care, has worked with providers and patients to help with treatment decisions and patient goals. Bridgeway Senior Healthcare has helped in sponsoring their POLST videos to raise awareness. On their website, anyone can access videos and information to determine what is best for their loved ones. www.goalsofcare.org/njpolst-video-series/
Members of the community as well as families from Long Term Care at Bridgeway attended the event. Bridgeway's passion has always been to educate our staff, families, residents, and the surrounding community. As a company, Bridgeway is actively working with patients, families, and doctors to discuss end-of-life planning by completing the POLST form. We strive to refine the care delivery model to provide patient centered care.
About Bridgeway Senior Healthcare
Bridgeway Senior Healthcare has been a family owned and operated provider of onsite, post- acute rehabilitation services in Somerset County, NJ for over 35 years.
About Goals of Care
Goals of Care works to transform communication between health care providers and patients in order to eliminate burdensome care, improve quality of life, and insure that treatment decisions focus on the patient's goals. For more information, please visit www.goalsofcare.org
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