Caring Circle, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, is in need of volunteer facilitators for our Speak for Yourself, Plan Your Care program. We are seeking volunteers who, after training, would be comfortable guiding people and their loved ones through a conversation about the type of care they would want if they were not able to speak for themselves. These conversations would be with people who have been referred to the program and wish to participate. The goal of the Speak for Yourself, Plan Your Care program is to help people have these conversations before a crisis, so that they and their families have peace of mind, and can feel confident about what their loved one would want if a situation arises. The program is based on the idea that effective advance care planning is a process of communication that helps individuals:
- Understand their choices for future health care
- Reflect on personal goals, values, and religious
or cultural beliefs
- Talk to physicians, healthcare agents, and other loved ones as needed
- Assist in the development of a plan that honors the individual’s goals, values, and beliefs for future medical care
All training will be provided, and at the end of training, volunteers will have the tools necessary to confidently walk someone through recording their wishes.
For more information, call (269) 429-7100 and ask to speak with our volunteer coordinator, or apply online at www.caring-circle.org/volunteer