April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and Ministry Door County Medical Center invites the public to learn more about advance care planning from 6-7:30 p.m. at Ministry in Sturgeon Bay. The event is part of Ministry’s free “Living Room” series, and will include conversation with Ministry providers on the importance of having a living will and advanced directive, documents that inform doctors and family members about the type of care a patient would prefer when unable to speak for him or herself.
The event includes a screening and discussion of the original PBS video, “Being Mortal,” and a light meal will be provided. Please call (920) 493-5979 to reserve a space.
“We all hope to be able to communicate our wishes until the end of our lives,” says Susan Johnson, chaplain at Ministry Door County Medical Center, “but it doesn’t always happen that way.” Johnson urges people to educate themselves on the process of advance care planning. “It’s really a simple process,” she says. “People need to discuss, decide and document their end-of-life choices, including the kinds of care they do and don’t want to have, and designate a healthcare power of attorney to be a patient’s voice for healthcare decisions when they cannot speak for themselves.”
Ministry’s social workers and chaplains are available to help individuals create advance directives. Call (920) 743-5566 to make an appointment for this free service.