Free Healthcare Directives program on Monday, November 19

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, November 19 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, December 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session and 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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