As a clinical social worker (LCSW), doula and care consultant, I assist clients with a holistic approach to maximize quality-of-life for older adults and their caregivers. By focusing on comfort, emotional support and coordination of resources, we will create together a carefully designed plan for current and future needs. In doing so, we can ensure that your wishes are heard and that your family and caregivers are supported.
All too often, older adults struggle with daily tasks or have unaddressed safety concerns which are overlooked until the situation becomes emergent. Without mindful conversations and planning, people can feel isolated in their struggles and quality of life begins to suffer. If you, or someone you love, admits that joyful moments are harder to find and that daily life is becoming challenging due to physical ailments, decreased energy, and worries about the future, you are not alone and help is available.
Together, we will tailor a personalized plan to address concerns and to bring greater enjoyment, peace of mind and overall comfort to you and to those you love.
When a life-limiting condition or terminal diagnosis is received, I bring a compassionate and skilled presence, guiding you and your loved ones through various logistical and emotional aspects of loss, dependency, and of the dying process. With over 20 years of experience providing social work support, counseling and coordination of services, I partner with your caregivers, medical providers, palliative or hospice team to deliver a personalized extended layer of care planning for your specific needs and comfort.
Additionally certified as an end-of-life doula, I offer non-medical, holistic support to individuals and families, and I have an intimate awareness of the elements necessary to create space for meaningful transitions and dignified death. Throughout our time together, my role remains flexible and focuses on empowerment of choice, safety and overall comfort for you and your caregivers. The benefits of my services fill gaps within the typical medical system and aim to enhance the quality of each precious day.
I am uniquely certified and experienced as an Advanced Care Planning Consultant, and I assist clients to assure that their wishes are clearly communicated, and made accessible, to family and medical professionals in both emergency and end-of-life situations.
Advance Care Planning is the art of making decisions about the specific care you want (and do not want) to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Your decisions are based on your personal values and preferences. If your advance directives are incomplete, unclear, or do not apply to the situation at-hand, it may result in secondary trauma, tension and confusion for you and those who are asked to speak on your behalf. Therefore, thoroughly completing your advance directives is one of the most loving actions that you can take for yourself and your family.
Together, we will discuss, plan and officially document your wishes based upon your subjective values, goals and unique life experiences. We will review any advance directive documents that you may already have and supplement them with additional documentation, as needed. You may also welcome the opportunity for scheduled family meetings where, together, we can clearly communicate your choices and allow everyone an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts in this challenging, yet empowered, arena. Some of the time spent in this planning process may even be covered by your medical insurance.
Many clients already have living wills completed; however, most of these commonly produced documents contain language applicable only in a known or perceived terminal condition. It is important to note that a person’s wishes for medical interventions during emergency care may differ significantly from the interventions desired when chronic illnesses progress or as terminal conditions arise. Thus, if you enter the hospital for care or testing, interventions may be utilized to save your life, regardless of what is written on your living will. This most certainly may be the desired and celebrated outcome. However, many times, life is prolonged even when an individual feels ready to accept natural death and had thought that their advance directives clearly stated their wishes not to be treated or resuscitated.
Unfortunately, I have seen this scenario repeatedly in my practice and, in order to empower my client’s full expression of choice, I have connected with MiDEO. This technology fills the gap in emergent care decisions and significantly reduces emotional trauma for your family (and medical team) by giving your direct voice to common medical crisis scenarios, even when you cannot actually speak for yourself. Through secure and instantly accessible technology, it provides an immediately actionable doctor’s order based upon your specific wishes so that you are not undertreated when you wish to be treated, nor overtreated when you wish to be kept comfortable and to allow for natural death. It is a wonderful compliment to your living will and/or POLST documentation and I am honored to guide clients through this empowering process. There are a variety of other well respected tools that we can use to facilitate thoughtful decision making and to document your specific wishes. As we work together to meet your specific goals, we can discuss if this option is right for you.
Older adults benefit from hiring a doula who will increase quality of life through education and compassionate assessment skills.
Mindy uses therapeutic counseling interventions and coordination of resources to reduce isolation, maximize
well-being, increase family communication and provide
advocacy for her clients.
All competent adults should
complete their advance directives.