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Advance Directive Workshop

When: Sat., May 18, 1:30-3 p.m. 2013

Hospice of Humboldt offers a free two hour class Saturday, May 18 on how to complete an Advance Directive, a legal document which establishes someone to speak for a patient’s wishes when they no longer are able.

“Whether you are a 22 year old who has been in a car accident or an elderly person at end of life, completing an advance directive before you need one can help your medical care providers act in accordance with your wishes and your family know that what is being done follows those wishes,” says Barbara Garza, Director of Community Outreach for Hospice.

Facilitated by Amy Cirincione, Director of Social Services at Hospice, the class provides information on the meaning and implications of questions on the form. Attendees will complete a draft version and receive a blank version to take home and fill out in consultation with family members.

“The workshop also stresses the importance of communicating about your wishes for care with family members and your physician before the need arises. Families are saved a great deal of anxiety about doing as their loved one wants if an advance directive is completed and talked over,” says Garza. “One reassuring thing about advance directives is that you can change them easily if your ideas change about the care you want to receive.”

The class is offered Saturday, May 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka. To register, call Jana at 497-6260, ext. 102. ~ submitted

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