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Advance Care Planning Workshop

Hospice of Humboldt will host a two-hour workshop to learn how to approach open and honest conversations with your family members, close friends, and healthcare providers about your values, beliefs, and preferences regarding medical care. This helps ensure that your wishes are understood and respected if you're unable to express them later. “Advance care planning is a process that involves making decisions about your future medical care and treatment preferences before the need arises,” states Jeanne Reilly, Director of Social Services for Hospice of Humboldt. “It's about thinking ahead and discussing your values, goals, and preferences for medical care with your loved ones and healthcare providers.” Facilitated by Hospice of Humboldt Social Workers, the workshop will provide an Advance Directive form that can be completed at the workshop or a blank Advance Directive to take home to discuss and complete with family and to share with medical providers. An Advance Directive for healthcare is a legal document which authorizes someone to speak for a patient’s wishes in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. Notary services by Suzy Smith will be available with a current form of identification. “An Advance Directive isn’t just for people diagnosed with a terminal illness,” states Jeanne Reilly, Director of Social Services for Hospice of Humboldt. “Everyone ages 18 and older should complete an Advance Directive to help medical care providers act in accordance with their wishes,” continues Reilly. “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, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room, 3327 Timber Fall Court in Eureka. For more information and to register, please call (707) 445-8443.

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