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Free program helps plan for end-of-life wishes

Hospital news | Thursday, March 30, 2017

Can you imagine being too sick to make your own healthcare decisions? Or suffering a critical injury and not being able to act on your own behalf? The decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and sometimes very difficult to discuss with your family.

In recognition of National Health Care Decision Day, Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien is hosting a free End-of-Life Planning Seminar on Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A panel of experts will share information about the role and value of advance care planning. Topics include Power of Attorney for Health Care, Financial Power of Attorney, wills, organ and tissue donation, funeral planning and end-of- life discussions. The panel of professionals include: Dr. Owen Vincent, Crossing Rivers Health Clinics; Amanda Tisdale, Attorney with Czajkowski Higgins & Rider, S.C.; Ryan Kester, Funeral Director, Grau Funeral Homes; Nick Waite, RTI Donor Services; Julie Fagner, Hospice Registered Nurse, Crossing Rivers Health; and Tara Nalepinski, Social Worker, Crossing Rivers Health.

Danielle Swiggum, RN, Patient Family Services Director, encourages area residents to attend the free community program. She commented, “Conversations about advance planning can be difficult, but it is up to you to make sure your loved ones and your healthcare provider are aware of your preferences. Individuals who are taking care of elderly family members and those who wish to start thinking about end-of-life decisions would benefit by attending.”

“Take action now and ensure your wishes are known, and that they are honored. Mark your calendar and join us on April 19th. Individuals may contact me at 608-357-2000 if they have any questions about this program or they may visit,” Swiggum added.