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Address:
Box 12424
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Phone Number:
817-247-1776
Contact Us
Current estimates for DFW say only 10-15% of citizens have Advance Directives completed. Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, valiantly lived out the ACP message in her last days as she faced COPD at 92. Although many of us think about our last wishes, late in life, ironically all of the landmark legal cases involved young adults in their 20s. It is so vital in this age of medical technology to have a plan regarding what we want for ourselves in case we lose the capacity and/or the ability to communicate our choices at the end of life. CQEC trains volunteers and professionals in an evidence-based method: "Respecting Choices® -Transforming person-centered care" to help them facilitate good health care planning so that all parties are equally informed of their rights & responsibilities under the law. In 2017 we had over 600 in-person encounters with our community; it ranged from book clubs, Facilitator certification training, & professional education events.150+ interactions directly reached the homeless population, with additional training of Union Gospel Mission case managers (this number does not include any people reached subsequent to that training). Our focus has been on At-Risk populations who are not having their voices heard: the elderly, economically disadvantaged, homeless & LGBTQ populations. Last year was our first time to apply to CFT, Texas Bar Foundation & 1st Presbyterian Church FW for grants and all 3 grants were accepted! We have identified other areas of need for the many caregivers in our area. Our first caregivers' conference -"For Those Who Care" Practical, Logistical and Emotional Support For the Caregiver of the Chronically ill - was offered free to the public, utilized an Interactive Medical Case Study from the Caregiver's point of view. To our knowledge, we are the only ones in our area has ever utilized this unique forum with health care experts in elder law, geriatric medicine & palliative care. We had more than 85 participants! All of whom requested that this programming be repeated frequently.
From our Scholarship Recipients:

Case manager for the homeless: "I remember one Monday talking with the client. He rode his bike on the way home and had an unfortunate accident. It was a good thing that we had had the training from CQEC and that crucial conversation. It really changed the direction of everything."

A social worker with elderly & palliative care: "The Last Steps training was very useful to me in my role as a social worker that specializes in geriatrics. I learned how to introduce, explain and help people make decisions about end-of-life care. It was the part of the conversation that I was missing. Last Steps is very practical and makes complex topics easier to confront for both my patients and me."
$500.00 provided by Board Match