Advance Directives

Advance Directives - It’s your life and your choice

Imagine, for a moment…the unimaginable. You have been admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening illness. You are unconscious, completely unaware of what’s going on around you. Your family is told you may never regain consciousness; however, you can be kept alive indefinitely with a breathing machine and tube feedings. Who would make this decision on your behalf? Would your loved ones know what you wanted?

Don’t let this happen to your family. Every day in Oregon, loved ones are left to make heart-wrenching decisions without the assurance of an Advance Directive or prior conversations. Those who faced these end-of-life decisions will tell you how stressful it was – the doubt and guilt they felt – not knowing what their loved ones wanted. Even years later many still say they wonder whether their choices were the “right” ones.

Talk with your family.  It is one of the most important conversations of your life. To help you better understand your medical choices, document your wishes, and begin the conversation, Coastal Home Health & Hospice provides monthly workshops to work through all aspects of the Advanced Directives. There is no charge; however, since space is limited, pre-registration is requested. All attendees will receive a complimentary KEYConversations Planning Guide.

The KEYConversations Planning Guide will help you think through your choices by providing real-life scenarios, medical definitions and discussion questions so you can clearly understand your end-of-life treatment options and have an in-depth conversation with loved ones. It also contains Oregon’s legal form, the Advance Directive, which allows you to legally express your wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Remember, whether you’re 18 or 80, documenting your wishes today means your family won’t have to make heart-wrenching decisions later.

You have the right to control your health care. For materials or more information on Oregon’s Advance Directives visit the following site http://www.oregonhealthdecisions.org

For the date and locations of upcoming KEYConversations Workshops please contact us.

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