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Don’t Leave Them Guessing

Cassie Williams
June 16 2018

No one wants to talk about it. No one likes to think about it. It’s easy to NOT do it. But we need to. Not having advance healthcare directives in place can leave your family guessing if circumstances don’t allow you to decide your own care or treatment. You might be in a coma, or have dementia, or simply be unable to respond for a period of time. If your wishes aren’t documented, medical, financial, legal and relationship problems can result.

Age doesn’t matter. We urge you to discuss these issues with parents, children, partners and other significant loved ones, so they will know your wishes if you can’t state them at the crucial time.

Because this is such an important topic, First Central’s Health Team is hosting two free workshops on advance healthcare planning, or advance directives. The speakers will address documents needed to establish your medical wishes in the event you are unable to communicate those wishes to medical professionals and loved ones.

Join us on either June 16th at 10:00 a.m. or June 17 at noon to hear Leroy Peterson and Deborah Petersen, elder care attorneys, discuss the ins and outs of advance directives. We ask that you make a reservation by signing up on the sheets in the Parlor, or by calling Sally Lewis (402-203- 2484) or Bonnie Harmon (402-669-0454).

Additional information is available on the website of The Institute for Healthcare Improvement. IHI has developed The Conversation Project to walk people through the process of considering options and scenarios that will help in determining how you want to be treated at the end of your life or in serious medical situations.