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Note from the CEO of Compassion & Choices

Terminal illnesses can’t be put on hold. As I look out the window and welcome the first signs of spring — trees flowering, warmer weather, birds singing — life almost feels normal. It’s nearly unfathomable that just a couple of weeks ago, life WAS normal. Today, our world is dramatically different. Uncertainty is the new normal, as are face masks, hand sanitizers, timed grocery visits and social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how [...]

April 5th, 2020|

Using Telehealth to Ensure Access to Adequate Care and a Compassionate Death in the Age of Coronavirus

Even for an organization that deals with health crises every day, the COVID-19 pandemic is sobering and calls for new tactics. In the early days of the pandemic, our seriously ill and terminally ill supporters began expressing deep-seated concerns: concerns that they were more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and dying prematurely, concerns that the idea of a “compassionate, pain-free death” was no longer possible given healthcare shortages, and concerns that they [...]

April 5th, 2020|

Storyteller Spotlight: Rita Perdichizzi

Rita Perdichizzi of Fayetteville, Georgia, is taking a proactive — and positive — approach to her diagnosis of early-onset dementia. Rita Perdichizzi knows vividly how relentless Alzheimer’s disease is, having helped care for her father the five years he lived with it before dying at age 76. As his disease progressed, he lost his ability to recognize people and even to read, although he had been a teacher. In 2015, at age [...]

April 5th, 2020|

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, 2020

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16 this year, is always a time when Compassion & Choices places particular emphasis around consumer empowerment and end-of-life planning. This year, with the coronavirus ravaging communities worldwide, the importance of understanding, planning and advocating for one’s care preferences at life’s end is of paramount importance. “Over the past few weeks, I have received countless calls from terminally ill supporters across the country concerned about the [...]

April 5th, 2020|

As Healthcare Professionals Plan for COVID-19, You Should Too

We are living in an unprecedented time as we adjust to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape created by COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare professionals are trying to manage the demands created by the influx of affected patients and reported shortages of hospital beds and ventilators. Nursing home populations and older adults, often with underlying chronic medical conditions, are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. Many will get sick, some critically, [...]

April 5th, 2020|

Debra Brockel knows her days are numbered. But her mind is at ease because she’s the one doing the counting. Brockel, 60, has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, since 2006. She has endured severe exacerbations of the disease, which irreversibly damages the lungs, and all manner of medical treatment and hospitalizations. She has received hospice care from Pathways at her home in southwest Fort Collins since December after a [...]

March 14th, 2020|
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