Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about health care directives (also called advance directives) on Monday, March 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 program provides information about the benefits of having a health care directive. A properly completed health care directive is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer.
The primary purpose of a health care directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover health care directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A follow-up session will be held on Monday, April 2, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a health care directives informational session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.
For those looking for an evening program, the next evening health care directives session will be on Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health with a follow-up session two weeks later.
There is no cost to complete a health care directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a health care directive.
Certified health care directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507-457-4342.