LeAne Austin, RN, EOLD, NEDA Proficient
Winged Journey Life Care and
End-of-Life Doula Care Services
End-of-Life Doula Care is still a new concept and its integration into current End-of-Life Care and Care Community models is an even newer one.
The key concepts of holistic care, comfort, client and family-centered approach, education, responsiveness to needs and use of teamwork apply to all practitioners of end-of-life care, including End-of-Life Doulas.
Agencies such as Hospice, Palliative Care, Home Health and Care Communities have teams in place to achieve these goals. End-of-Life Doulas create a "team" by collaborating with community resources, agencies and Care Communities, including Hospitals, to achieve them.
Before the End
EOLD care is not limited to end-of-life.
Advance Care Planning, Ethical Wills and Life Review can begin at any time, even well before one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
This gives one times to consider special memorials, talk to family about wishes and even work through a few things on their "bucket list."
Working as a Team
Working with Agencies to meet the emotional, social and spiritual needs of each client and their loved ones.
As a Doula, I also support loved ones if they choose to provide some types of personal care. This helps to meet physical needs, as well.
Being in the hospital is stressful for all. As allowed by protocols, I can be at the beside to provide emotional and spiritual support, engage with spiritual activities, provide companioning and aid with comfort, for both you and your loved ones.
I can be respite relief and be part of the vigil.
Collaboration at Home
What does Home Care Collaboration look like?
You will see communication and inclusion with care planning so that the Agency and I are moving in the same direction.
I will assist with spiritual and emotional needs and rituals, provide emotional support, companioning, respite and vigil, supporting them in their roles in your care.
I will help with comfort using non-medical techniques, and work with your loved ones on self-care and to manage stress.
I am a 24/7 resource for you, your loved one and for the Agency should that be an arrangement.
Being in Care Communities
Being in Care Communities does not mean you cannot have a Doula.
As your Doula, I can work with your Care Community to provide you with spiritual and emotional support, assist with your spiritual rituals, provide companioning, respite and vigil, use non-medical techniques for your comfort and provide support for your loved ones.
I can help you review informational and other materials provided by the Community.
I can also offer education on grief, death and dying, stress management, self-care and other topics to help you, and your loved ones move through the stresses of loss and change that are part of the grieving process.
Community Collaboration also means being there for the Care Community itself
Change is the number one contributor to Grief, because change, good or bad, means Loss. Working with Community teams on identifying symptoms of grief and working to build internal and external resources to support coping can help teams move through grief in a positive and effective way.