Advance directives topic of April 16 Beloit Regional Hospice event

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BELOIT, Wis. — Does someone you trust know what your wishes are if you have a health care crisis, and are those wishes documented?

April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day, Beloit Regional Hospice staff will be available at Grinnell Senior Center to make a short presentation, answer questions, and provide information and materials to complete advance directives such as a living will or power of attorney for health care for Wisconsin or Illinois.

All ages are welcome, because all adults can benefit from thinking about what their health care choices would be if they were unable to speak for themselves. Putting these decisions in advance directive documents can be critical in times of crisis.

Advance directives come in two main forms. A “power of attorney for health care” documents the person you select to be your voice for your health care decisions if you cannot speak for yourself. A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life. Pick up these forms and get your questions answered April 16 at Grinnell Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis., from 10 a.m. to noon. Open to anyone and free of charge. Contact Beloit Regional Hospice at (877) 363-7421.

Posted April 10, 2013

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