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April 12: Planning your healthcare decisions

April 01, 2012

“End of life decisions and plans made now can bring you and your family peace of mind.”

End-of-life decisions are difficult. What kind of healthcare will you want? How will you want to live the end of your life if you are seriously ill? The time to make those decisions is when you’re healthy, says Bryan Newman, chaplain and manager of Spiritual Care at St. Mary’s Hospital. Doing some decision making and planning now can bring you and your family peace of mind. A special program, sponsored by the Advance Care Planning Task Force, a group of local healthcare and social agencies, can help you get started.

“These things are not easy to think about or talk about, even with those closest to us,” says Newman. But planning ahead accomplishes two important things. First, you can be sure your wishes will be carried out even if you can’t speak for yourself; and second, it frees your family from having to make decisions on your behalf during a very emotional time.

“Attend a free symposium, ‘Let’s Talk: Planning Your Healthcare Decisions,’ to help you start conversations with your family and your doctor and cover the legal considerations in advance care planning,” suggests Newman.

Let’s Talk: Planning Your Healthcare Decisions
Thursday, April 12, 2012
8:30 am–3:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Saccomanno Education Center, Fifth Floor

Seating is limited, and registration is required.
Register by April 10 by calling the Western Colorado Infoline at 211 or toll-free (888) 217-1215.
Visit http://www.hospicewco.com for more information about advance healthcare planning.