Monday 3rd April 2017
Having That Conversation That Counts
One healthcare professional is walking the talk of her new role as
she engages in a 'conversation that counts' with her ageing
Ellen Fisher wants people to discuss their future health needs
and - as the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's (BOPDHB) new
Future Care Planning (FCP) Implementation Manager - is taking the
job personally by guiding her 81-year-old mother Judy through the
Ellen says one of her goals is to heighten awareness ahead of
the national future care planning event, Conversations That Count
Day, on Wednesday 5 April.
"My dad, Charlie, died 13 years ago and he didn't do any of this
type of thinking whereas mum is really active about what she wants,
she's already organised her funeral for example. But the missing
bit was what happens if she's dying, what are her decisions around
her healthcare," says Ellen.
"Future care planning gives people a chance to say what's
important to them and what treatment they would and would not want
in the future. It also helps them, their families and their
healthcare teams, plan for future and end of life care.
"It gives you a sense of control and there is peace of mind in
that. It's a good feeling that people know what you want and it's
there on the table. And they're not set in stone, that's the beauty
of them. If you change your mind it's just a matter of sharing
those changes with your GP and your family," she says.
Ellen, her mum, and sister have now all completed their
respective FCPs and she warned against people putting theirs
"It's like making your will we all know we've got to do it but
it's getting round to it. Put a date on it. I'm going to have this
done by the end of April say. Make time for it and have those
conversations with your family/whānau and GP."
For more details visit www.advancecareplanning.org.nz or download a
FCP from the BOPDHB website: www.bopdhb.govt.nz/media/60279/my-future-care-plan-mar2017.pdf
Anyone with questions can contact Ellen on 07 557 5355 or email:
BOPDHB Future Care Planning Implementation Manager Ellen Fisher
(left) with her 81-year-old mother Judy (right) discussing future
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
April 12, 2017