Take Charge of Your Health With Advance Care Planning — Get The Care You Want, When & Where You Want It!
Did You Know…
- Who will be your voice if you are unable to speak?
- What life-sustaining medical care you wish to receive?
- What values shape your choices for treatment?
- What documents make your desires known to others?
Advance care planning is simply the process of creating a self-directed plan for personal care based on life situation, values and desires. Advance care planning can take many forms, from an informal conversation with your spouse about your wishes to the completion of official legal documents, such as an Advance Directive, that clearly identify the types of life-extending treatments you do and don’t wish to receive.
This free, 2-hour community class for adults of all ages guides discussions on what living well means when facing a serious illness or injury. Each participant receives an introduction to advance care planning options, including informational handouts with questions and conversation starters that can be shared with loved ones and healthcare professionals to start building a plan for the future. Designed to be completely community-based, ACP classes are led by trained volunteer facilitators who are certified in the internationally recognized, evidence-based Respecting Choices® model of care developed by the Gunderson Health System®. Facilitators are up-to-date on care options and can guide exploration of personal values as well as translate those feelings into actionable plans.
The next scheduled classes are taking place from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 and Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th Street SW in Lynnwood.
Verdant Health Commission and the Advance Care Planning Initiative (ACP), a program of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition
Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th Street SW in Lynnwood