Looking Ahead Inc. has moved into its new advance care planning office in Suite 504 of the Executive Center at 5033 Swamp Road in Fountainville.
Advance care planning is the process of thinking about your values and beliefs, weighing your options and deciding what health care you want – and don’t want – in the future. You document your decisions in an advance healthcare directive, a legal document that also names your choice of a healthcare agent who will speak on your behalf if you become unable to make your own care decisions or speak for yourself.
Since its launch in 2014, the Central Bucks-based nonprofit has been providing a full range of advance care planning services and support to residents directly and through healthcare providers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This includes several programs Looking Ahead has developed to educate the public, deliver meaningful planning assistance to individuals in the community, work with healthcare providers and insurance companies to serve their patients, and ensure that documents are completed and filed appropriately.
Looking Ahead developed its My Wishes Workshop small-group advance care planning program in 2016 and since then has presented to hundreds of people in residential communities, church groups, clubs and social gatherings. Payn will offer the workshops at the new office starting Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.
Executive Director Betsy Payn currently has contracts with 11 primary care practices in the Central Bucks area, adding new practices as word spreads of Looking Ahead’s success. She also trains health care professionals further afield to conduct advance care planning in their communities using the model she has developed.
Payn points out that many insurances, including Medicare, recognize the value of advance care planning and will cover most, if not all, of the costs of the services.
Looking Ahead’s board of directors includes co-founder Dr. Veronica E. Coyne, Dr. James P. Blore Jr. and Sunny White. Coyne and Blore also serve as medical directors to the organization.