Cottonwood is blessed to have a Parish Nurse. Cherie Paulsen reaches out to people
in the congregation with medical needs while also educating the congregation about
medical issues. If you have medical concerns in your life don't hesitate to check in with
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING:
This handout tells you things you can do to help your doctors and family members make decisions about your healthcare if you cannot speak for yourself. Cherie Paulson, RN, BSN
What is advance care planning?
Advance care planning is a way to let others know your choices in case you are too sick to make your own decisions.
Who needs advance care planning?
Anyone who is at least 18 years old can do advance care planning.
Advance care planning helps if:
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a legal form that explains how you want to be cared for if you are too ill or injured to tell the doctor yourself.
The form that describes the care you want is also called a Living Will. In some states, living wills may be called healthcare declarations or healthcare directives.
Your living will includes:
Your living will can be short and simple.
You can get a form to use or write your own.
You can change your living will at any time even if you are in the hospital or having treatment.
What is a power of attorney?
A durable power of attorney for healthcare is another kind of advance directive.
Who needs a copy of your advance directive?
The following people should have a copy of your living will or durable power of attorney:
Keep the original in a safe place.
Make sure to give people new copies of your advance directive if you make changes.