Please join Hilary Walker, Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Peace Health Bellingham (and former Orcas resident!) for a 2-hour workshop on writing your own advance directive. Hilary has been teaching this course at community and senior centers in the area and is very excited to come to Shaw to offer this class. See course description below.
Please RSVP to Shannon Klohr at email@example.com, or at 468-2754.
Free to community members
The value of an advance directive
An advance directive is a legal form that you fill out to describe the kinds of medical care you want to have if something happens to you and you can’t speak for yourself. Putting your wishes in writing helps avoid confusion or conflict in times of crisis or uncertainty.
Why talking matters
Sharing your wishes for the care you want if you are critically ill can bring you closer to the people you love and offer peace of mind to all concerned. Making your wishes known clearly in advance of a crisis is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself, your family and friends.
Get started on completing your document
Advance care planning is for all adults 18 and up. Hilary Walker will offer an interactive workshop for members of the Shaw community. Participants will be guided through the simple, yet thought-provoking, process of choosing a health care agent and putting their healthcare wishes in writing in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves. Each participant will leave the workshop with the rough draft of a document they can share with friends, family and their health care providers.
Hilary Walker has been an advocate for Advance Care Planning for many years and has taught in several counties in Washington State. She is a Geriatric Occupational Therapist, trained facilitator and instructor through Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest and recently hired by Peace Health in Bellingham as the Advance Care Planning Coordinator.