Advanced Care Planning Class-May 24

Register Online or at the Sign-Up Table in the Foyer of Family Life Center

Dr. Steven Baumrucker, Director of Palliative Care for Wellmont Health Systems, will be coming to Colonial Heights Christian Church to discuss Advance Directives and end-of-life decisions. This class will help us be more equipped to make the decisions that are best for each of us.  Dr Baumrucker will be giving us the opportunity to fill out the advance directive and will answer any questions we may have.

If you already have an advance directive, you are encouraged to come for a refresher.  After attending Dr. Baumrucker’s class, you may want to more clearly define your advance directive.

What is Advance Care Planning for Healthcare? How do I make sure my wishes are carried out in case of illness or death?

Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about your preferences, often by putting them into an advance directive.  An Advance Directive is a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself.  This could be the result of disease or severe injury—no matter how old you are.  It helps others know what type of medical care you want.  It also allows you to express your values and desires related to end-of-life-care.  You might think of an advance directive as a living document—one that you can adjust as your situation changes because of new information or a change in your health.