Have you been putting off doing your healthcare Directive? Here’s an easy way to check it off your to do list. Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, July 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow people to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. A properly completed Healthcare Directive, also called an Advance Directive, is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover Healthcare Directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, July 30 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Certified Healthcare Directives volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

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