03:30pm - 04:45pm Advance Care Planning

Laurelea Conrad

Laurelea Conrad

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The most important conversation you may ever have.

Laurelea Conrad and her husband, Steve, did not discuss his end of life wishes. When the time came for Laurelea to speak for Steve, she worried about whether she was making the choices he would have made if he were able.

As widowed people, we have a unique understanding of the value of advance care planning, and yet, many of us have yet to express our own end of life wishes or ask questions about the wishes of the people about whom we care the most.

Advance Care Planning offers a way for patients and their families to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care. If you were in an accident and could not be woken, or if you were very ill and became confused because of an underlying health problem, someone would need to make healthcare decisions for you. Advanced Care Planning conversations are talking about what is important to you and what you value in life to help prepare the person who would be making your healthcare decisions on your behalf.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring, or can predict what might become of our health. If you want to ensure you receive the kind of care that you want for yourself or someone you love in the event of a medical crises or serious illness, this workshop is for you.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Think about what’s important to you in life and when it comes to your health care
  • Choose your Substitute Decision Maker who is best suited to speak for you
  • Prepare your decision maker by sharing this information with them