Advocacy Consulting Services

For people who are dealing with a medical issue, I support you in understanding the diagnosis and treatment options, navigating through complex choices and ultimately making decisions based on your values.

  • When you or someone you care about is facing a new diagnosis and are overwhelmed…
  • When you or someone you care about has a chronic diagnosis that is getting worse and you have difficult decisions to make…
  • When you are facing a procedure or surgery and aren’t sure how to make the right choice for you…
  • When you or someone you care about is receiving care and you think there is more that can be done or don’t feel comfortable with the care…
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You don’t have to worry about going through this alone.

I can help.  Using my years of professional knowledge and experience, I listen to your concerns and ask the right questions so we can advocate for yourself or a loved one.

To get started, email [email protected] or call 847-901-3888 for an introductory meeting to talk about the specific details of your request.

Healthcare Training and Education Services

I provide a personalized range of healthcare consulting services for individuals, couples, families, coworkers or your clients that are custom-tailored to your situation and objectives.

  • Group events for home care agencies, senior facilities, staff caring for seniors in the home or community events
  • Large event training regarding advance directives, life support, critical care best practices, end-of-life decision making and advocacy in the hospital setting
  • Individualized training or education events related to medical conditions or medical choices, decisions and resources based on your specific professional needs
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If you provide care for others and wish you had the ear of a medical professional or an educational in-service for your team or community, call me and we can plan a solution.

To get started, email [email protected] or call 847-901-3888 for an introductory meeting to talk about the specific details of your request.

Advance Directive Planning

For anyone over the age of 18, completing advance directives is the most effective way to carry out your wishes when you are unable to speak for yourself. I am able to bridge the gap that exists between the hospital environment and the community by talking easily about life and death.  People think it’s not an easy topic to discuss, but it can be.  You get to decide what “living” really means to you and what you would consider a “good” death.  When discussions aren’t had or delayed, it leaves your family guessing about what you want or they feel enormous guilt that they are making the wrong decisions.  You don’t have to worry about putting your family through this stress and anxiety if you have it in writing and have asked someone to uphold your wishes.

Package includes:

  • A personalized review of Questions to Ask Yourself including your current and future health concerns
  • Designation of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Complete Advance Directives outlining your decisions regarding life-support, comfort care and after death planning
  • Up to 4 hours of personal consultation
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Package can be for one individual, for a couple, or for a family. Contact me for a complimentary consultation once you decide you are ready to tackle advance directives and then rest assured you have them when you need them.

To get started, email [email protected] or call 847-901-3888 for an introductory meeting to talk about the specific details of your request.

Speaking Events

If you are interested in hearing more about the topics of advance directives, life support, medical decision making and advocacy, please see the speaking engagements below:

Upcoming Events

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Time: My talk starts at 10:00am | Event runs 9:00am – 3:00 pm
Event: Family Fitness Health and Wellness Expo
Location: The NEW Robert Crown, 1801 Main Street,Evanston, IL 60201
Registration: Click here to register

Recent Past Events

Date: Wednesday August 14rd, 2019
Time: 1:45 – 2:45 pm
Event: Elderwerks Education & Resource Fair
Topic: Who’s Making Your Decisions? A talk about how to advocate for yourself and prepare for situations when you can’t speak for yourself.
Location: McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL. 60012
Registration: Click here to register

Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019
Event: 21st Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference
Topic: Intensive Care 101: Common Older Adult Diagnoses and Life-Sustaining Technologies
Location: The Levy Center 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

Date: Tuesday April 16th, 2019
Event: National Healthcare Decision Day panel discussion
Topics: Long-term care insurance, visiting angels home care services and advance directives and end-of-life care
Location: (Tentative) 818 Coworking Space 818 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Date: Thursday March 7th, 2019
Event: Empowering Women’s Conference & Expo in Honor of International Women’s Day
Topic: You’re in Charge, Marge! Who’s Making the Medical Decisions?
Location: Hilton Orrington/Evanston 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

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