WHAT’S YOUR PLAN? – Ensure you receive the kind of medical care and treatment you want-when you need it most.
Peggy Budai, MS. RN, NP-C, CNS,Dr. Jan Gillespie, President of Systems of Care Initiative,Mindy Rickard, Health District of Northern Larimer County,Carrie Ratazzi, Program Director, Older Adult and Caregiver Services, Lutheran Family Services
Tuesday, January 10th 2017
Life is unpredictable. If something unexpected happens, who will speak for you? When an accident or serious illness occurs to your loved one and they are no longer able to speak for themselves, will you know what care they would want? Did you know that in the State of Colorado, there is no default medical decision maker? During this class, presenters will discuss Colorado laws regarding emergency and ongoing medical care following an accident and why everyone 18 and older needs to complete an advance care directive. The various documents that communicate wishes regarding medical care (advance care directives) will be explained by our panel. You will spend the first hour learning how to prepare yourself, and your loved ones, for addressing these complex issues. During the second hour, representatives for each community program, will be available to answer questions. They will also be able to assist, on an individual basis, anyone interested in completing their documents, including providing witnesses and notarization.
Goals and Target Audience:
Although, the documents are important, the conversation about end-of-life preferences and goals is also critical. This presentation will include instructions and suggestions to facilitate 1) having a conversation about end of life with family and other loved ones, 2) identifying the person or persons best able to communicate a patient’s wishes regarding medical care when they cannot communicate and 3) gaining familiarity with advance care directive documents that allow choices and wishes to be properly and effectively recorded and preserved.
In Colorado no one is automatically authorized to make medical decisions for another adult. Therefore, advance care planning can and should begin at any age or state of health. It is about planning for the ‘what ifs’ that may occur across our lifespan. We welcome adults 18 years of age or older.