IRMC offers a variety of support services to aid patients and families in making difficult decisions about their health. These services include:
Many people have become aware that medicine today has the ability to keep people alive for extended periods of time, even in hopeless situations. For many, this is of great concern and a frequently asked question is, “How can I be sure this does not happen to me?” If you are at least 18 years of age and of sound mind, there is something you can do to make your wishes known. You can execute an ADVANCE DIRECTIVE – LIVING WILL. This document can then speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. It gives you a way to tell your wishes to those who need to know.
The Ethics Committee at Indian River Medical Center understands that it’s difficult to discuss such a sensitive issue as end-of-life. We are here to make it easier, with the skill, caring and compassion to help patients and their families face difficult choices.
Start the Conversation
Start the Conversation is a public education initiative that aims to:
- Increase the understanding of care options, including hospice and palliative care
- Help families talk with each other and their physician about medical decisions
- Encourage the use of advance directives to document care choices.
To help you in this process, we have produced a Conversation Guide that contains worksheets, suggestions, information and resources to help you think about your values as they relate to medical care decisions, to better understand end-of-life care options, and to discuss your choices with your loved ones and your health care surrogate.
Sharing your memories and expressing your sadness with others who have experienced similar losses can help. Indian River Medical Center offers grief/loss/bereavement support groups which meet at convenient locations throughout Vero Beach and Sebastian.
Discussing your preferences about organ, eye, and tissue donation should be included as a part of end-of-life planning. Having a conversation with your family about your wishes regarding donation can help overcome misunderstandings and can alleviate stress on family members who may be asked to make such decisions after your death. Donate Life Florida is dedicated to motivating Floridians to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors, so lives are saved and enhanced through donation and transplantation. Sign up today!
The Indian River Medical Center Walking Trail is available just to the South of the Ambulatory Services Center. This path is for staff and visitors to live healthy and exercise regularly. The entire loop is approximately one mile.