The Dignity of Risk: Turning Elder Care into Elder Life - A Conversation with Palliative Care Doctor Rachel Broudy
September 24, 2020
This conversation with Dr. Rachel Broudy covers how caring for elders can be reciprocal, the illusionary notion of independence in our old age (and younger years too), the difference between health and well-being, the dignity of risk, single-payer health coverage, how to keep a meaningful life even when life changes, hospice care and preparing for aging.
Dr. Broudy has spent her career in Geriatrics and currently is leading a research project at Ariadne Labs aimed at improving the delivery of care in nursing homes, with a focus on the wellbeing of older adults. She is also the current Medical Director of Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in Greenfield, MA.
Previously, Dr. Broudy was the Medical Director of two PACE programs: the Elder Service Plan at Cambridge Health Alliance and Mercy LIFE with Trinity Health in Western Massachusetts. As a PACE Medical Director she has gained extensive experience in program development, quality improvement and team-building. She also served as the Medical Director of the Senior Care Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, a post-acute and long-term care program. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is boarded in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. She completed the Faculty Scholars Program at the Geriatric Center of Excellence at Boston University and the American Association for Physician Leadership Institute.
Rachel is passionate about building a future where healthcare for frail elders is based on well-being; where our interventions integrate older people more fully into our communities; and our systems of care prioritize and encourage agency, social connection and sense of purpose.