Advance Care Planning Seminars Get People Talking

WINCHESTER — Roger Pharand believes in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold – especially when it comes to health care. He says that planning is key, and talking to your loved ones about your personal plan is important as well.

That’s the goal of Advance Care Planning. It’s all about sharing what is most important to you now with your family and close friends – so they can communicate that to your doctors and nurses if you are unable to. The process asks you to think about what you value, such as your family, your community, your privacy, your faith, or your comfort.

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) is hosting a series of seminars on Advance Care Planning and Roger Pharand recently attended the first one. “Often, because of our busy schedules, we put things off until it is too late,” he says. “Advance Care Planning is much more than just a Power of Attorney. It helps you prepare for important discussions with your loved ones.”

Three more presentations are scheduled for April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WDMH, May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Morrisburg and June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WDMH. 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.

To register, please contact Kealey Dunlop at kdunlop@wdmh.on.ca or 613.774.2422 ext. 6125. There is no charge.

In addition, WDMH is celebrating National Advance Care Planning Day on Monday, April 16th from 10 am to 2 pm in the hospital lobby. Everyone is invited to stop by to learn more about Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent. You can also pick up Power of Attorney forms and other resources. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served and you can enter to win a fabulous gift basket valued at $100.

“What better way to open a dialogue on what matters most for you and your loved ones,” sums up Roger. “Have that discussion.”

 

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