COVID-19 Pandemic

Conversations about things we do not have power over help to give us a sense of control. We cannot predict every choice we may have to make, but we can give those we love the guidance to confidently make decisions for us. This is the time to help the people closest to us—our friends, our spouses, our parents or grandparents—get the care that is right for them if they become seriously ill with COVID-19. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are living in a complex time filled with uncertainties. In the midst of everything we cannot predict or control, there remain opportunities for collaboration and informed decision-making. All of us need to have these conversations, especially those who are over 60 years old and are living with a chronic health conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease or cancer.

For more information, listen to the previously recorded webinars below, access our Advance Care Planning (ACP) resources, or contact us at info@civhc.org.

Webinar: Explore Advance Care Planning

(recorded 4/22/2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has made advance care planning a more pressing issue for many Coloradans. While there’s much we can’t control, we can make informed decisions to give the people closest to us the power to confidently make health care decisions for us in the event that becomes necessary. All adults should make time for these conversations, but they’re especially important for those who are over 60 years old and are living with chronic health conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease or cancer. Listen to this webinar to explore this topic further, featuring Melissa Davis, a licensed clinical social worker with The Denver Hospice and Optio Palliative Care.

Webinar: Advance Care Planning Overview (NHDD)

(recorded 4/16/2020) National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD), held annually in April, is an initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. It’s important to understand that NHDD is not only about end-of-life care but is meant to reach a much broader spectrum so that every individual may have their healthcare wishes met. In this webinar recorded on this year's April 16th event, Hilary Lum, MD, PhD, will provide an overview of Advance Care Planning, why it is important for everyone and how to get started, or continue, on your Advance Care Planning journey.