Talk to an experienced physician or hospice nurse to help arrange for ethical and compassionate care consistent with Catholic teaching.
Our specialized ethics team will make every effort to match you with the right provider to help you with your situation. Our team includes an experienced Catholic hospice nurse as well as physicians with specific training and experience in Catholic medical ethics, medically complex patients, and geriatrics. We also have a pediatric intensive care specialist and a pediatrician with graduate training in Catholic medical ethics. Please meet our team below.
We are happy to arrange for a virtual meeting that includes your current treating physician or health care provider as well as the patient and/or patient’s loved ones. Telehealth law requires that our providers are licensed in the state in which the patient is located. There is an exception, however, for provider-to-provider consultation. So, as long as your treating provider is included in the meeting, any of our providers can offer our consultation services anywhere in the United States and Mexico.
Our team can help you arrange for ethical end-of-life care consistent with Catholic teaching. We can:
- think through your options given your current medical situation, or that of a loved one
- write an advanced directive
- fill out a healthcare proxy form
- answer questions about POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms
- answer medical ethics questions
If you would like a consultation without including your current physician or healthcare professional, we do have licensed professionals in most U.S. states and throughout Mexico. Please follow the “Start Here” directions below to identify the best provider for you and schedule an appointment. Immediate consultation may be available.
MyCatholicDoctor also provides Dementia Caregiver Support. Our geriatric and dementia coaches, Aimee Gustitis, RN, JD, and Matt Estrade, MA, Gerontology, work with caregivers to create customized treatment plans for their loved one that respects their individual needs – body, mind, and spirit. They can work with patients who are living at home or in a facility setting.
Treatment plans may include any or all of the following:
- Telehealth care from a physician experienced in geriatrics
- Geriatric and dementia coaching from a geriatric health coach with decades of experience creating customized care plans that are pro-life at the end of life
- Remote patient monitoring using CareMate, a device that allows us to track a patient’s location as well as certain vital signs including heart rate and respiratory rate
- Virtual geriatric support groups on Zoom, including our rosary based support group for people with dementia and their loved ones
Finding a healthcare provider who shares your pro-life and pro eternal life values is necessary when discussing these heavy concerns with your care team. Allow us to provide that support and walk alongside you during this journey. You are able to invite multiple caregivers into one meeting, such as siblings or spouses.
How is your Catholic parish alleviating the silent suffering of dementia? Matthew Estrade, author of The Peace with Dementia Rosary, provides information on his ministry and how to bring dementia awareness training to your parish here.