Ozarks Area Resources
The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) is the state-wide not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and strengthen coordinated care for terminally ill Missourians and their families through the advancement of hospice and palliative care.
Respecting Choices is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model of advance care planning (ACP) that creates a healthcare culture of person-centered care — care that honors an individual’s goals and values for current and future care.
Specific requirements and decisions in an advance healthcare directive vary from state to state. CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement with a goal that is both simple and transformative:
To have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected.
This resource is an invitation and a simple set of tools to help families and friends address the basic human fact that we are all, at some point, going to die.
Why would I have this conversation over dinner? The dinner table is the most forgiving place for difficult conversation.
We suffer more when we don’t communicate our wishes, we suffer less when we know how to honor the wishes of our loved ones.
While other segments of the population might turn to substance abuse for a variety of reasons, veterans often turn to substances like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs when suffering from difficulties like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and homelessness.
The good news is that if you are a veteran who struggles with substance abuse, you can receive a variety of services for free from the VA including help detoxing, treatment in facilities, individual or group therapy, medications, and other services.