The importance of planning for emergencies is in the forefront of this crisis. Are you prepared? Last April, Wartburg and the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition (WELC), an organization committed to improving the end-of-life experience for patients and families, proudly announced the official transfer of WELC’s programs, activities, and materials to Wartburg. One year later, Wartburg completed the transition to “Advance Life Planning,” refreshed the trademarked Be Prepared Kits, and are now offering them free of charge for a limited time during the month of April.
Wartburg’s President, Dr. David J. Gentner, said, “The trademarked Be Prepared kits are perhaps the most sophisticated yet practical tools for personal planning I’ve seen. During this Coronavirus pandemic, we have all thought about end of life issues, and some of us don’t know where to even start to conceptualize their wishes. The Be Prepared Kit is a unique way to organize yourself.”
With the acquisition of WELC, Wartburg has absorbed the Live With Care website (livewithcare.org) now located on the Wartburg website at www.advancelifeplanning.org. This comprehensive website helps individuals and their families determine their end of life wishes in advance of a serious illness. As everyone’s needs differ, the website also provides valuable resources to help navigate the health care system and find the resources needed for an individual’s specific situation.
A highly respected community organization for over 150 years, Wartburg provides integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services to residents living on its beautiful 34-acre campus and to people living in their own homes. WELC’s mission seamlessly aligned with Wartburg’s current palliative and hospice care programs as well as its commitment to helping patients, residents and their families determine their wishes before a possible life-changing event. Wartburg already works toward an informed end where all those living with a serious illness are able to live with dignity, peace, pain-free and in a manner of their choosing. Wartburg’s care team guides individuals through different stages of health-from diagnosis to living with serious illness-in various care settings on and off its campus. Wartburg’s clinical team includes caring physicians and nurses to help patients with pain and symptom management and administer medications as well as counselors and social workers trained to help families deal with the confusion and emotional challenges surrounding end-of-life issues. Wartburg also provides full-time chaplains to help loved ones and families find a spiritual connection that allows them to move forward in the best manner possible.