Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Matt Whitaker, presenting “The Care you Want: Avoiding Unwanted Medical Treatment and Advanced-Directive Augmentation.”
Patients with advanced illness and especially those at the end-of-life want and need access to the full range of medical care and treatment options. Patients, families and their advocates deserve and demand to have all the information necessary to make informed choices about their treatment preferences and to have preferences followed by healthcare professionals and institutions. This includes their legally protected choice to forego unwanted medical treatments. Sadly, treatment preferences and choices, including those articulated in an advance directive, are all too often ignored or overridden. This harms patients and compromises their dignity. This session will address skills necessary to ensure that individuals receive the care they want. We will explain how to augment the advance directive with extra provisional forms that allow you to address dementia, hospital visitation, religious hospital influence, and assisted living.
Matt Whitaker, Oregon State Director of Compassion & Choices, is a former clinician with extensive experience in health policy and advocacy. He most recently served as Compassion & Choices Oregon Outreach Coordinator before stepping into this new role. In his former position Matt increased community outreach events by 400% in his first quarter and helped establish key relationships with practitioners across the state. Matt is a board certified music therapist with clinical experience in long term acute care and geriatrics and a passion for improving end-of-life care through patient empowerment and education. A Georgia native, Matt is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
- On the web: www.compassionandchoices.org/oregon