New for Associates: Comprehensive End of Life Planning Tool
November 20, 2019
Ascension is excited to add Allay Care as a voluntary benefit for all associates and their loved ones. Allay Care helps people talk about and document their end of life wishes, creating a CareDecisions Portfolio that is fully customized to you and your preferences. They cover not only end of life wishes, but after-death care as well. Their process includes loved ones in the conversation and is guided by a trained facilitator.
Why does end of life planning matter?
Talking about end of life planning and wishes can feel overwhelming for many, yet it’s clear how important it can be in times of stress and grief. In fact, according to a the Kaiser Family Foundation Serious Illness in Late Life Survey from 2017, 97% of people say it’s important to have written down wishes about serious illness. Yet, only 37% have actually done so. Allay Care is working to bridge the gap between these numbers, so more people are able express and document not only their wishes, but their values that inform those wishes.
Statistics also show that when there is documentation, it’s a big deal. The same Kaiser survey revealed 94% of people who referred to their loved one’s documented wishes said it was helpful. Documenting wishes and preferences helps everyone to be on the same page, creating clarity in the midst of stress and grief, and helps remove the burden of decision-making during those stressful times.
How do you start?
Starting the conversation can feel like the biggest barrier. As a society, talking about mortality isn’t always at the top of our list, although recently there has been more coverage about the importance of planning. To help you start the conversation, check out Allay’s 6 Ways to Start the Conversation About End of Life Planning. This tool gives prompts and guidance for getting the conversation going.
How do you access Allay Care?
To learn more about end of life planning or to use your Ascension associate discount to create a CareDecisions Portfolio, go to allaycare.org. To activate your discount, enter code ASCENSION when scheduling to apply a 40% reduced rate. This code may be shared with any loved one – not just dependents on your plan.
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