August 15, 2017

VITAS Hosts "Being Mortal" Video Screening to Discuss End-of-Life Care Planning

Being Mortal Screening Photo

VITAS Healthcare recently hosted a free, community screening of the documentary film “Being Mortal,” which follows surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters with terminal illness, spotlighting the importance of planning and talking about end-of-life decisions ahead of a medical emergency.

Approximately 30 residents and visitors gathered at the Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, for the screening and a Q&A session with panelists Christine Moser, VITAS licensed clinical social worker, Malia Jackson-Rodriguez, MD, VITAS’ home care physician, and VITAS Chaplain Daniel Lamb, to discuss how to communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

According industry research, while 90% of people know they should discuss their end-of-life care preferences with loved ones and medical professionals, only about 30% actually do.