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We are a group of citizens dedicated to helping individuals live with dignity, comfort and peace as they near the end of life. Our mission is to serve as a broad-based community network to educate the members of the community and advocate for people with life-threatening illnesses and end of life concerns. We are delighted to have you join us.
The next meeting of the Coalition for Comfort Care and Bioethics  will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. on August 4, 2015, in the activity room of Trezevant Terrace, located at 3437 Waynoka Avenue.

Our apologies for the quality of the recordings.

Audio Files for the Presentation
Part 1 - 9 minutes - Soft Audio

Part 2 - 47 mnutes - Audio Louder

This presentation provided answers to questions caregivers asked about services that are available for older or disabled adults and for veterans who need in-home care. It covered TennCare, Medicare, Veterans's Benefits and Hospice.

Topic: A Balancing Act: Participation or Protection in Mental Health Decisions

The program will be a panel discussion addressing issues of competency, capacity to give informed consent, and advance care planning for persons with mental health issues. Panelists will include Sandra A. Baltz, MD, who specializes in Geriatric Psychiatry at the VA Medical Center, Memphis; Janelle Burns, JD, an attorney serving as Corporate Privacy and Security Officer for Baptist Memorial Healthcare; Christopher Church, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Baptist College of Health Sciences, past chairman of St. Jude's ethics committee and past president of the MCCCB; Sue Stevens, MSW, LCSW. retired Chief of Social Work Service at the VA, Memphis. The panel will be moderated by Julie Horn, BSN, CCRN, Administrator of the Neuroscience Service Line for Baptist Memorial Healthcare.

The following types of questions will be addressed:

● Why does assessment of decision making capacity matter in the health care setting?
● Who needs support in the decision making process?
● Who needs protection?
● When is an assessment of decision making capacity needed?
● Who makes such an assessment?
● How is that assessment used?
● Is there a difference between decision making capacity and competency?
● When does the court play a role?
● Are patients who have a diagnosed mental illness treated differently than those who may
have lost the ability to make decisions due to physical illness?
● What is a "psychiatric advance directive" or Declaration for Mental Health Treatment?
● What happens when there is a disagreement between the treatment team and the patient or family regarding the patient's decision making ability?
● What role, if any, does an institution's ethics committee play in these matters?

We will also show a video entitled Crisis in Control: A Living Will for Mental Health

Resources for Managing Care at Home with Precilla Bobo, BS, Lead Information and Assistance Specialist for the Choices Program,
Aging Commission of the Mid-South and Sue Stevens, MSW, LCSW, Retired Chief, Social Work Service, VA Medical Center, Memphis

● What services are available for older or disabled adults?
● Does Medicare cover in-home services?

● What is the Choices Program?
● What TennCare services are available? Are they all income based?
● What community and home based services are available for Veterans? How would a Veteran get approved for these services? What is the difference between VA Aid and Attendance and in-home services?

We send out a monthly Comfort Care Update and periodic announcement of events of interest via listserver. To join our e-mail list and be kept up to date with our meeting times and places, e-mail Emily at efoxhill (at) aol (dot) com and ask to be added to the Comfort Care e-list.

More Information and Directions to Trezevant Terrace

Programs to Educate the Consumer at Benjamin Hooks Central Library, Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 PM
3 more programs are planned in 2015 - check back in Aug.