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Company offers advance directive services
Embark Health, Daytona Beach, FL, now offers an online solution to help people plan for end-of-life health care decisions. The company's Advance Directive Solution (ADS) offers an opportunity to subscribe to a service that helps them set up their advance directive, communicates with health care providers to ensure that the document is on medical charts when needed, and informs caregivers and family members of the terms of the advance directive and location of the document.
A percentage of the $85 enrollment fee is donated to a health care-related charity. The enrollment fee and subsequent renewal fees of $32.50 per year provide the following services:
24/7 online and telephonic support;
three levels of quality checks to ensure that the advance directive is completed clearly and correctly;
multiple communication channels with health care providers to transmit the advance directive to the health care team when it is needed;
legal counsel in the event of a dispute;
education for the member's Circle of Care: health care team, family, and health care agent, so they are fully informed about the location of the advance directive and its terms.
Although completion of the advance directive does not require legal guidance or consultation with a health care firm, Embark Health representatives point out that only one in five people complete an advance directive, and many of those people just file it away in their home without communicating its contents or location to people who need to know about it.
"We are dedicated to making advance directives valid, clear, up-to-date, and accessible when needed, so that the family and the health care agent know the patient's decisions before a crisis occurs," said Michael Brouthers, chief executive of Embark Health. For more information about the Advance Directive Solution, go to www.embarkhealth.com/ADS, or call (800) 944-0451.
Webinars address grief counseling for children
The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) offers webinars on helping children and adolescents cope with grief and loss.
The webinars look at lessons learned from extensive research into the issue, emerging trends on the horizon, and how hospices and other health and community organizations can use bereavement camps and other strategies to help grieving children. HFA's live online webinar series includes:
Bereaved Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Research on Wednesday, April 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Grieving Children and Adolescents: The Role of Internet Support on Tuesday, June 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Cost of the live webinars are $100 per program for organizations and $35 for an individual. If an organization wants access to all three of the programs in this series, the fee is $250, which allows access to both the live webcasts and an archived online program for one year past the live webinar, with unlimited CEs (1.5 hours) available for a wide range of professions. This fee includes access to the first program of the series that occurred in February: Bereavement Camps for Kids: Benefits and Challenges. Continuing education credit is included for individuals. For more information, go to www.hospicefoundation.org, choose "Professional Education" and select "webinar series," or call (800) 854-3402.