Thinking about serious illnes and end of life issues can be frightening. When a health crisis occurs, people may find themselves in a difficult situation for which they and their families are unprepared.
Who would make decisions about your medical care if you were too ill or injured to make decisions for yourself?
Do your loved ones know what kind of care you might want, or what you might wish to avoid?
Lack of advance medical planning can lead to additional stress for family members who may have to make decisions with little information to guide them.
Takiko May, MD and Chaplain Wes Sedlacek of Samaritan Albany General Hospital lead informational sessions on advance medical planning.
Sessions are free, last an hour and include information on:
- Appointing a health care representative
- Completing an advance directive or living will
- Filling out a Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form
For more information, call: (541) 812-4184.