The Conversation Project

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You have insured your future, planned for education, secured your material assets health care.
Have you insured your future quality of life?
Have you given thought to the values that give your life meaning?
Have you considered how health care decision-making might impact on how you live?

Health care decisions are often complex and frightening. But these decisions will likely effect how you will live your life till the very last day. Others may need to make these decisions on your behalf. Have you discussed your wishes about health care decisions with the people closest to you? If not, you may be forfeiting the opportunity to choose the care you will be given.

The Conversation Project (TCP) is a caring, and life-enriching process, which guides you in clarifying important issues around the complex areas of health care decision-making. Often, challenges arise when it is “too late” to make your wishes known …This tragedy can be avoided.

Life’s Door, in collaboration with The Conversation Project* in the United States offers a supportive experience to explore critical health care choices. TCP breaks the barrier of silence that interferes with providing value-based caring for you as your health needs may change.

Do not wait to have THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATION OF YOUR LIFE. Do it for yourself… do it for your loved ones. Do it today! Have The Conversation…and invite others to join.

*Life’s Door is proud to have been selected as the first organization to launch The Conversation Project outside of the USA

To download The Conversation Project kit click here

To complete your advanced medical directives in the USA click here

To sign on a medical power of attorney is Israel click here

GLOBAL HOPE PARTNERS

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A Global Partnership Initiative to Foster Bonds and Catalyze Hope in Response to Societal Healthcare Challenges in the Context of Aging, Illness, Disabilities and End of Life

Many people do not really understand hope. Hope is the most human value that exists. Hope relates to the future and the capacity to forecast, plan and execute meaningful goals.

When we talk openly to patients, seniors, and people with disabilities, and reveal their dreams and aspirations, we engage them in an authentic process which respects their individual value. Another essential component in communication with patients is motivation. By engaging those for whom we care we offer the best opportunity to achieve the maximal impact on their wellbeing.

Hope has been shown to be an important part of the recovery process from illness and trauma; it has strong psychological benefits for patients, helping them to cope more effectively with their disease.  This not only helps to enhance people’s recovery from illnesses, but also helps prevent illness from developing in the first place.  Patients who maintain high levels of hope have an improved prognosis for life-threatening illness and an enhanced quality of life.

The Hope Hub is an international collaborative group dedicated to engaging and inspiring people to live with hopefulness and meaning in the face of illness.

The Hope Hub offers a new model for approaching the suffering and despair that interfere with well-being during times of illness.  Life’s Door and its partners in the “Hope Hub” regard hope as a driving human force, which has the power to improve the lives of people facing illness.  The organization sees hopefulness as an antidote to burnout and compassion fatigue among Healthcare providers.

The Hope Hub model is based on a workshop that helps to significantly change the participants’ expectations and as a result improves their quality of life. The model includes innovative and practical methods for setting possible targets. Simple techniques are taught in order to harness the inner strength while coping with the obstacles that exist as a result of illness and aging.

The workshop teaches ways to overcome obstacles in achieving the goal and motivate participants and encourage them to work towards achieving the goal. The assumption is that those with hope will not easily give up their goal and look for alternative ways to realize their vision.

The Hope Hub is based on pioneering clinical studies initiated by Prof. Ben Corn in collaboration with Prof. Malka Margalit (Academic Center of Rehovot), Prof. Dave Feldmann (Santa Clara University) and leading academic health centers around the world, including colleagues, Prof. Dan Ariely of Duke University, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and the National Cancer Institute. The clinical research is conducted in medical centers in Israel and the United States and is promoted by an international professional team working in cooperation with leading academic institutions.

 

PROGRAMS & TRAINING

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“B’Gisha Ishit” is a training intervention process which provides healthcare professionals with practical tools for implementation to improve “Patient centered care”. The program incorporates tools for communication, self-awareness and self-care for enhanced coping with the clinical challenges healthcare teams face on a daily basis.

The training is carried out under the supervision of a pedagogical director and expert in medical education – Prof. Shmuel Reis, who serves as the Academic Director of the Medical Education Center at Hebrew University.

The program includes a set of practical tools such tools include self-Care, communication for improving the patient-doctor interface. Which in turn creates a more effective work environment

The program includes a process of evaluation and assessment.

 

ADVANCES IN HOPE

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PGKHRI studies human suffering and loss and formally documents how best to address these human conditions. The Life’s Door goal is to affect behaviors in medical practice that facilitate hope, meaning and resilience for patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.  The Institute seeks to offer compelling, innovative solutions.

 PGKHRI is affiliated with leading academic and healthcare institutions around the globe. The institute shares information and insights, provides leadership, and works in collaboration on multiple initiatives. These relationships allow the PGKHRI to gather “big data” and mine knowledge to develop state of the art models and measure their effectiveness.

PGKHRI honors the memory and legacy of Pamm Gross Kahane and her approach to life and to illness – which she displayed and shared in her professional role as a nurse, and as a volunteer who supported patients and families within the Life’s Door community

Institute Values:

Enhancing Compassion and Hope

Commitment to Excellence

Partnership and Collaboration

Integrity and Transparency

 

VOLUNTEER EMPOWERMENT

Posted on: 09:08 by michal

Want to give hope? Looking for personal growth and an opportunity to give back to the community? Join one of our meaningful volunteer initiatives:

Connect and Give Hope- Volunteers supporting those coping with illness and the elderly who are in isolation. In collaboration with a number of major organizations, this initiative allows our 400 volunteers to provide crucial emotional support and hope to hundreds of those in isolation due to the Corona virus. For more information click here

Hope Hot Line- Hope Hot Line- Trained professionals providing telephone support to those coping with illness, the elderly and their families. For more information click here

Volunteers supporting the Elderly at Shoham Medical Center

We have created an amazing group of volunteers with therapeutic background, whom we train and support to volunteer at Shoham Medical Center, the largest geriatric center in Israel. Volunteers will visit the elderly patients on a weekly basis, to listen and talk to them about the things that are most significant to them. This program, is in partnership with Lion of Judah Israel Foundation.

 

Breakthrough in Medical Research

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Over the course of the past 100 years mankind has undergone many changes thanks to the advances in medical systems. Biotechnology, genetics and informatics have caused a positive change in many disease processes. However, theses breakthroughs have come at a price. Healthcare specialists and patients report a decrease in the level of personal care, stemming from this progress. Moreover, the emphasis on measuring productivity has deflected the focus from the need to create compassion, meaning and communication with patients and caregivers.

In addition, we have discovered that in order to preserve the level of interest in the methods presented, we need to develop an interface which will allow immediate and constant contact, which can bring about changes in behavioral patterns. This interface will be achieved by developing an app for smartphones.

“Life’s Door” is positioned to develop an app in cooperation with leaders in the technology and medical sectors. The app will include (among other things) personalized feedback for improvement of hope measurements, which is applied through interactive mechanisms, real-time follow-up on the goal map the users have set for themselves and the use of social media to create a social dynamic which preserves hope.

ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT 03074071

Creating a Caring Community Together

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Strengthening community and social services to meets the needs of the aging and the ill

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Dignity

Posted on: 14:39 by nir

Can institutional health care settings truly preserve the dignity and humanity of those in their care? Every person deserves this basic right!
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The Conversation Circle

Posted on: 12:24 by sarit

Who cares for those who care for the sick and the elderly? Can health care professionals who are burned-out themselves offer quality care to those in need?

Healthcare professionals are trained to combat disease and make critical life and-death decisions daily. The emotional load is immense. Sadly, the symptoms of professional burnout are often ignored.

Conversation Circles is a Life’s Door initiative which addresses this void by creating ripples of caring, empathy and compassion that start with the professional.

Conversation Circles provides a venue for bolstering the resilience of professionals through communication, validation and creating supportive teams that offer meaning and strength.

Conversation Circles revives compassion and commitment to healing within health care professionals to ensure requires to effective care of those in need.

Conversation Circles utilizes state of the art methods including mindfulness, self-compassion and team cohesion for optimal health care.

Conversation Circles: Creating ripples of compassion and hope.
Transforming the care-team into relationship of healing … as it should be

Be Prepared – A comprehensive program for families of people challenged with Alzheimer’s

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Hope.  Meaning. Resilience.  These are essential elements to ensure personal and communal wellbeing.

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