Project GRACE is established through a partnership of physicians, elder care providers and concerned citizens of Florida dedicated to changing the death-defying, technology-driven approach to end-of-life care to a holistic, compassionate one that respects human dignity and the individual's best interests and personal wishes.
"To die well is the height of wisdom of life." - Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
A medical scenario-specific Living Will Document
Broad dissemination of the Living Will Document
Collaboration with elder care organizations for outreach and education regarding end-of-life issues
Dissemination of guidelines regarding medical futility and Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders to the medical community
Education of healthcare professionals and the public about palliative care, proper utilization of hospice care and other end-of-life options
Development of a uniform medical school curriculum for end-of-life care, to be implemented state and nationwide
"Everyone can master a grief but he who has it." - Shakespeare
The purpose of Project GRACE is to enlighten and inform the public and medical profession, first in Florida and ultimately nationwide, of the importance of end-of-life planning.
The project has been and continues to be complementary to the goals of the Governor-appointed State of Florida End-of-Life Panel, chaired by Robert Brooks, MD, Secretary of Health for the State of Florida.
Recent research has highlighted multiple problems with the utilization of advance directives currently in use. These include an absence of medically specific direction, lack of training for health care providers and traditionally, physicians were not required to honor patients' expressed choices. This has changed with new legislation that went into effect October 1, 1999. It is now mandatory for physicians to honor Living Will documents.
Project GRACE has developed and tested a Living Will/Designation of Healthcare Surrogate Document designed to allow a person to be specific in their choices to cover common end-of-life scenarios that most concern citizens. The Living Will also conforms to Florida Law and is designed to be legally binding to physicians.
"The immortal gods alone have neither age nor death. All other things almighty Time disquiets."
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