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To help bring greater awareness to this important issue, Care New England has developed a wealth of information regarding palliative and hospice care, CNE’s advanced illness management program and more. We’ve created video Q&As with “conversation ready” clinicians and sat with with Kim Hogg, who talked about how a proactive approach to end-of-life care helped her family cope prior to her mother passing away earlier this year. We've also created a Start The Conversation info graphic focused on how to start these difficult conversations and highlighting other important issues you and your family should be thinking about.

RI NPR: Learning To Respect A Patient's Wishes At The End Of Life

The Conversation Project – Palliative Care

In 2012, Care New England joined a national Initiative with 10 other pioneering organizations to support an effort by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The initiative is to better prepare health care providers to receive and respect patients' wishes about end-of-life care and is a critical companion to The Conversation Project.

Under the medical direction of Kate M. Lally, MD, FACP, the palliative care program at Care New England is growing and benefiting many of our patients. The goal of palliative care is to help patients maintain the best possible quality of life, through pain management, control of symptoms and restoration of the maximum degree of activities of daily living. Sensitivity to individual cultural, religious and social concerns are paramount. Palliative care is offered at the same time as other medical therapies.

Why have The Conversation?

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. Have you had the conversation?

How the "Conversation" started

The Conversation Project began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of "good deaths" and "bad deaths" within their own circle of loved ones.

In order to make this vision a reality, The Conversation Project began its collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in September of 2011. IHI is a not-for-profit organization that helps lead improvement of health and health care throughout the world.

» FAQ's Hospice and Palliative Care

Advanced Illness Management

VNA of Care New England is leading the way in developing a comprehensive advanced illness management (AIM) program that will serve as an important component of the Palliative Care Program at Care New England.
» Learn more about AIM
» Video FAQs: AIM

 Conversation Project

RI One of 22 States to Offer MOLST

Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment(MOLST) are instructions to follow a terminally ill patient's wishes regarding resuscitation, feeding tubes and other life-sustaining medical treatments. The MOLST form can be used to refuse or request treatments and is completely voluntary.
» Learn more about MOLST
» Video FAQs: MOLST