WDMH hosting information sessions on advance care planning

Start the conversation about your advance care planning, advises Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which is hosting a information session on the topic.

“It’s about conversations. It’s about decisions. It’s about how we care for each other,” the institution says.

That’s the thinking behind a series of presentations being offered at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) over the next few months. The first session is set for Tuesday, March 28 from 2 to 4p.m.

“We want everyone to start a conversation,” explains Kimberly Paterson, WDMH Social Worker. “Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for your future health and personal care. It can help you tell others what would be important if you were unable to speak for yourself.” During the two-hour sessions, advance care planning and health care consent will be explained. As well, attendees will learn five simple steps they can take to develop a plan. “Fifty percent of Canadians have never talked to family and friends about what they’d want if they were ill and couldn’t speak for themselves,” adds Kimberly.

Future sessions will be held on April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.; May 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.; and June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

To register for one of these presentations, please contact Kimberly Paterson, WDMH Social Worker at: kpaterson@wdmh.on.ca or 613-774-2420, ext. 6125. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited. There is no charge.


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