Healthcare Directives don’t have to be difficult – free assistance is available!

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, September 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“Some people put this off because they think it’s going to be really difficult or time consuming. It doesn’t have to be,” said Kris Walters, Winona Health Volunteer manager. “Several of our wonderful volunteers are certified Healthcare Directives facilitators and are happy to help guide you through the process.”

The free Healthcare Directives program provides information about the benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. A properly completed Healthcare 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, October 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location. Anyone who has attended an informational session and has questions or would like assistance in completing their directive may attend.

Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. Advanced registration is not necessary.

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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