Advance care planning
HAMV believes in the importance of advance care planning, for all adult residents of Martha's Vineyard, and especially for our older adult population.
ACP has never been more important than it is today - to take the time to have a conversation with your loved ones and your healthcare partners to discuss your wishes for serious illness/end of life care.
We are working with an island-wide coalition of agencies to raise awareness of advance care planning and to engage our community in participating.
For more detailed information please click HERE to download our strategic plan.
We invite you to watch these videos, created by HAMV volunteers, who tell their stories as to why ACP matters to them and what it is all about. For more content, please read this article on the gift of advanced care planning by our very own Dr. Bob Lasowski.
Please take a look and we hope you join our movement!
our acp coalition organizations
We are incredibly grateful for all the organizations that come together and make this coalition possible. As of Februrary 2021, these are all the organizations involved.
All-island Clergy Association
Five Easy Steps:
PSA to raise awareness for National HealthCare Decisions Day.
Step 1. Choose a Health Care Agent. Pick someone you can trust to speak for you when you no longer can.
Step 2. Talk to them about what's most important to you for your end of life care.
Step 3. Fill out a Health Care Proxy form. Find links to forms on the Advance Care Coalition for Healthy Aging MV can help with this - call.
Step 4. Sign the form in front of two witnesses and make copies. Your local Center on Aging or the Advance Care Coalition for Healthy Aging MV can help with this - call us at 508 693-7900 ext. 455
Step 5. Send a copy to your Health Care Agent, your Primary Care Physician, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Medical Records Department, and keep one at home that’s easily accessible!
Dr. Bob Laskowski, a Healthy Aging MV board member, shares insight on Advanced Care Planning and the importance of having conversations around Advanced Care Planning.
Cindy Doyle, our Healthy Aging MV Board Chair, shares insight on Advanced Care Planning and the importance of having an Advanced Care Plan.
Louise Clough, a Healthy Aging MV volunteer, shares the importance of having a Health Care Proxy why it is an important part of Advanced Care Planning.
Fall/Winter 2022 ACP SEMINAR SCHEDULE
Monday, September 19; 10-11 am in-person, co-sponsored by Tisbury Senior Center (34 Pine Tree Road, Tisbury) - call 508 696-4205 to register
Tuesday, September 20; 1-2:30 pm, co-sponsored by the Anchors
Wednesday, September 21; 10-11:30 am, co-sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library
Tuesday, October 18; 1-2:30pm, co-sponsored by the Anchors
Wednesday, October 19; 10-11:30 am, co-sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library
Tuesday, November 15; 1-2:30pm, co-sponsored by the Anchors
Wednesday, November 16; 10-11:30 am, co-sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library
Tuesday, December 20; 1-2:30pm, co-sponsored by the Anchors
Wednesday, December 21; 10-11:30 am, co-sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library
HAMV is offering a virtual (online) 90 minute session to share and discuss information on advance care planning (ACP) which is the process by which an individual (aged 18 or older) lets his or her wishes be known about end-of-life care as well as taking the time to reflect on what matters most to us, and what a good day would look like if we are facing a serious illness. Our facilitators will share how advance care planning is done and how these conversations can occur. The session will be interactive so you can ask questions and hear others thoughts on the subject.
Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join us, although attendance will be limited and you will need internet access to participate.
RSVP via email or call with questions - email@example.com (508) 693-7900 ext. 455