Starting the Conversation: Advance Care Planning Seminars Get People Thinking
WINCHESTER — Elsie Guest knows that we can’t predict the future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it. That is why she attended a recent Advance Care Planning seminar at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).
“It’s all about sharing with your family and close friends what is most important to you now so they can communicate that to your doctors and nurses if you’re unable to. Think about what you value in your life now – is it your family, your community, your privacy, your faith, your comfort? The team at WDMH taught me that.”
Bill Shearing agrees. “Despite reading many articles about advance care planning, I didn’t take any action. Attending the session led me to take steps to ensure that my family is aware of my wishes for care when life prolongation is no longer possible or desirable. It also prompted me to complete a Power of Attorney for Personal Care so that my family has the legal right to ensure that my wishes are respected. I strongly support the Hospital’s initiative regarding advance care planning.”
Two more presentations are scheduled for May 23 from 2 to 4 pm and June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. During the two hour session, 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.
“It’s all about conversations. It’s about decisions. And it’s about how we care for each other,” sums up Kimberly Paterson, WDMH Social Worker.
To register, please contact Kimberly Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613.774.2422 ext. 6125. Everyone iswelcome and encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited. There is no charge.