written by
lucinda koza

Discussions on Wishes for Care Through the End of Life Led by I-Ally + The Conversation Project

Press Announcements Educational Material 1 min read , January 3, 2022

January 2, 2022 – I-Ally, a community-driven app that saves family caregivers time, reduces stress, and enables informed planning by providing services and support that fulfill their unique needs, has committed to fostering candid end-of-life conversations by becoming a proud champion of The Conversation Project.

Since 2012, The Conversation Project (TCP), an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has been inspiring conversations about care through the end of life within homes and communities, garnering support on national, state and local levels. At the heart of The Conversation Project is its Conversation Starter Guide, a free, downloadable, step-by-step guide developed to help individuals and those who matter most start conversations about care wishes now and through the end of life. TCP also offers free tools for how to choose a health care proxy, how to be a health care proxy, how to talk with a health care team, and guides for caregivers of seriously ill children or people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The Conversation Project’s Conversation Starter Guide was co-created with individuals from diverse backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religions, etc.), including those who have experience with a serious illness or who have gone through the end of life with a friend or family member (adult or child/teen). The Guide has been downloaded more than 550,000 times by individuals from all 50 states and 160+ countries, and its currently available in multiple languages.The Conversation Guide has received support from individuals, healthcare providers, health plans, and employers as a simple and effective tool to normalize the conversation and guide the process.

I-Ally is especially committed to including the millions of millennials who are and will be taking care of the Boomer Generation, yet feel very underprepared.

“We are grateful for the support of organizations like I-Ally that help us share and spread this important message and work nationwide via intimate community settings,” says Kate DeBartolo, Senior Director of TCP. “We can’t plan for everything. But we can talk about what is most important — in our life, and in our health care — with those who matter most. Having these conversations can strengthen relationships and clarify wishes – something we know nearly all Americans agree is important.”

For more information about I-Ally, visit https://i-ally.com.

family caregivers conversations end-of-life