End of Life Doula
What is a Doula?
The word “doula” is a Greek word meaning a non-medical person who gives physical, emotional, and spiritual support to any elderly person or someone with a life-threatening illness.
How is a doula different from hospice?
Hospice manages the medical care. Doula is a non-medical person.
What is an Advanced Care Plan?
An Advanced Care Plan is a document that has the kind of health and medical care you would consent to, or refuse, in a crisis.
Advance care planning increases the likelihood that your health care wishes will be fulfilled. Family members also benefit, feeling less anxious about the decisions they made on behalf of their loved one, leading to a greater peace of mind.
Your advance care plan is used when you are no longer able to make your own health care decisions. At that point, your substitute decision maker will review your wishes, values, and beliefs before making health care decisions on your behalf.
How will I know when to call you?
The sooner, you plan the end of life journey the better. We can help in many meaningful ways from a diagnosis stage right on to after death.
Will I still require hospice care?
Yes. Hospice offers many wonderful services. It is important to ask for help during this end of life journey. We will work right alongside your hospice provider.
Will you provide nursing or medical services?
No. We will not be able to provide these services. We will however, be able to educate you on what services are available.
So then, what does a Doula do?
Our doulas are specially trained non-medical health care professionals. They are specifically trained in end of life care. The doulas offer suggestions for comfort to the patient and family. They provide support to the family and patient during all phases of care. They are professionals who support the family and patient through the often times stressful journey.
Can I leave my loved one in your care?
Yes. We will discuss your families level of support requirements in a service agreement.
What are some examples of services?
Assist client with the preparation of key documents including advance directives, wills, and end of life planning; create remembrances for family and friends; work with patient on writing obituaries, eulogies, and making funeral arrangements; educate both patient and family on end of life options.
Decluttering and/or cleaning a home to be ready for sale so that a person can move to a retirement or nursing facility, or after a death, can be incredibly stressful for someone close to the situation.
Want to attend your funeral?
You can. The Journey-Party allows clients to celebrate their life with important people by way of a completely tailored celebration of life event held before the end of life .