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.