Over 100 healthcare, home care, and county professionals will gather on Thursday, August 8th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Fox Valley Technical College’s D.J. Bordini Center to hear Kimberly C. Paul speak and learn how they can improve the way they care for others, as well as themselves. “So many people touch the lives of individuals who are aging in our communities. We all play a role in improving health and wellness. Equally as important is ensuring that we know people’s wishes around quality of life and preferences for care as they approach the end of life,” said Ellen Koski, Executive Director of the Fox Valley Advance Care Planning Partnership. “The fact that so many people want to come together to learn how they can do this better is wonderful and it also tells us that there is a need for education like this in our community.”
Kimberly C. Paul worked in the hospice industry for 17 years, caring for patients at the end of life. Paul started a podcast called Death by Design, now in its third season. It is Paul’s dream to inspire others to engage in difficult conversations, actively make decisions about how and where they want to die, and change the taboo nature of death. Paul’s book, Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons from the Dying, was published in April 2018. Each chapter inspires readers to design their own life and death around what matters most. In June of 2018, Paul bought an RV, downsized her belongings, and hit the road with her German Shepherd to embark on the Live Well, Die Well tour. Paul will travel to every state, with the exception of Hawaii, to connect with communities and share how she learned to live life boldly. “The more I talk about death, the more boldly I feel I’m living life to the fullest,” Paul stated.
The event is sponsored by the Fox Valley Advance Care Planning Partnership, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca Counties, ThedaCare, Compassus, Ascension At Home, Heartland Home Health and Hospice, and St. Paul Elder Services.
Paul will also be featured at a free community event co-sponsored by the Fox Cities Book Festival on Thursday, August 8th at 6:30 PM at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha. Information about this event can be found at livewelldiewellfoxvalley.eventbrite.com.
The Fox Valley Advance Care Planning Partnership is a community movement to improve end of life care and encourage advance care conversations and planning.