|Are You a Healthcare Professional?|
As a healthcare provider, you know that serious illness, caregiving, end of life and grief affect people physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Even when people have access to healthcare, there are real limits to what the healthcare system can do. Healthcare alone is not equipped to offer the healing that people need in the broadest sense of the word.
At Project Compassion, we work with individuals, family, organizations and communities to offer care and support that complements the treatments and services healthcare provides. We also offer education and support for healthcare providers, giving you opportunities to explore important patient-centered topics often overlooked by healthcare systems.
1. Learn about Resources, Workshops and Services
There are helpful resources on our website for expanding your information base:
2. Make Effective Referrals
Healthcare providers with patients and families that live in the Triangle area of NC can make direct referrals to Project Compassion to receive free volunteer caregiving support:
3. Sharpen Your Advocacy Skills
When someone lives with illness or caregiving, advocacy has never been more important. Unfortunately, being a patient or caregiver often requires people to be at their best when they feel at their worst. By sharpening your patient advocacy skills, you will help:
Here are resources available to help you improve your patient advocacy skills:
It’s important for all healthcare providers to hone Advance Care Planning skills. Whether or not you work with patients and families who are living with a serious illness or are at the end of life, it’s important to know how to help others plan ahead. It is important for you to plan ahead as well. Half of all Americans will reach a time when they are unable to speak for themselves to make important health care decisions due to illness or accident.
4. Help Improve Healthcare from the Inside Out
By partnering with Project Compassion, your healthcare entity can help patients, caregivers, community members and employees improve care and access the services and support they need. You will also demonstrate your commitment as a compassionate healthcare agency that cares about community. Here are some ideas:
We hope these resources and ideas will help you as you support others. We encourage you to explore our website fully, subscribe to our e-letter and share our resources with your members and employees.
We hope you will consider partnering with us! Go to Partners for more information. We look forward to having you as part of our Project Compassion community!
Written by James L. Brooks,
Project Compassion's former Executive Director
Published by The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.