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PVHC is hosting presentations and clinics on advance directives

Community news | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Contact: Jim Cannon

Are you considering setting up an advance directive, but aren't sure how to get started? During the month of January, Powell Valley Healthcare will be hosting a few presentations on advance medical directives and how to get started with completing one. The first presentation and clinic will take place at the Powell Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The second presentation will be located at the hospital in the conference room on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. A free lunch will be served at this event. Both presentations are free and open to the public. To sign up, simply go to pvhc.org and click on classes and events, or call 307.754.1104. PVHC staff will also be presenting advance directive information for the residents of the Rocky Mountain Manor on Tuesday, February 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Some of the topics that PVHC staff will cover include: living wills, durable power of attorney for health care, physician orders for life sustaining treatment (POLST), Five Wishes, and making your medical wishes known. Having an advance medical directive is important for you, your family, and for your primary care physician. If you ever become mentally or physically unable to choose or communicate your wishes due to an injury or illness, an advance directive can protect your right to make medical choices that can affect your life. An advance directive also protects your family from the responsibility and stress of making difficult decisions regarding your care. The advance directive also provides guidelines for your physician in overseeing your care.

At the presentations, PVHC staff with special training on advance directives, will share valuable information with you as well as provide advance directive options and forms needed to get started. If you or someone you know needs help with completing an advance directive, or for more information, please call 307.754.1104.