Skip to comments.Free advance care planning session offered
Posted on 04/10/2011 5:35:48 AM PDT by BykrBayb
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Grand Junction proclaimed Monday as National Health Care Decisions Day, urging all citizens to make their health care wishes known through advance care planning for managing a serious illness, or end-of-life care.
Living wills and advance directives are documents that spell out your wishes if you should become incapacitated due to a medical crisis.
Millions of people began filling out living wills and advance directives after the 1976 Supreme Court case of Karen Ann Quinlan, whose parents battled with hospital staff who sought to keep Quinlan alive through artificial means, even though she had lapsed into a vegetative state and doctors had determined she would never recover. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in the parents favor, who said they wanted Karen to die with grace and dignity.
People who make their wishes known in advance can avoid situations like Quinlan's, and that of another woman Terri Schiavo who suffered a cardiac arrest, that led to a vegetative state lasting 15 years before her mechanical life support system was removed.
The Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force, a group of local organizations, is offering Medical Decision Making in Colorado workshops on how to plan for end-of-life care, Thursday and Saturday, April 14 and 16. The sessions are free.
The sessions will include communicating end-of-life wishes to loved ones, and how to appoint a health care power of attorney. There will also be new information regarding living wills and other advance directive documents.
St. Mary's Hospital is hosting Thursday's session, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host the Saturday workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.
Limited seating is available and reservations are required by calling Western Colorado 2-1-1.
What: Advance Care Planning Session - hosted by St. Mary's Hospital and Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado
When and Where: April 14 - St. Mary's Saccomanno Education Center, 2635 7th St. April 16 - Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 N. 12th St. Unit B, Room 102 Both sessions are 9-11 a.m.
Info: Register before April 12 by calling Western Colorado 2-1-1
That's a lie about Terri Schiavo's condition and about the "mechanical life support." The woman was awake and aware. She was tortured to death by starvation and dehydration.
Sharon Sullivan, you're a liar and propagandist for the Death Cult.
They consistently lie about Terri. There are still people who have no idea that she only had a feeding tube.
They are educated and all educated people are leftist.
"Do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?"
Do you believe that you have the right to force someone to lay in their own urine atop a plastic sheet, while hooked up to the machine? Do you believe your neolithic God has the right to dictate that?
Welcome to the warehouse, oldtimer.
Answer the question. Do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
The question is whether I have the right to make my decisions, or should you and BykrBayb make my decisions or decide who I can consult in making my decisions.
That IS the question. And you are dancing. Again, do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
Everyday, across the nation and the world, uncountable people are making decisions that you don't like, and you want to change that.
You are not satisfied with making decisions only about yourself.
Nope. And I’ve been on here almost as long as you. Trying rephrase the debate won’t work. The question is do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life? Why are you having a hard time answering?
Does it bother you that, as the article title points out, some people can get “Free Advance Care Planning”?
And still you dance. The question is do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
It bothers you that many are making decisions without listening to you. They are being lied to and making decisions without the benefit of your "truth"
Again, do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
Its you, not me, who wants to decide.
Then why not answer the question? The question is do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life? Why are you having a hard time answering? It’s a “yes” or “no” answer.
Ben Ficklin - They are educated and all educated people are leftist.
You don't sound particularly educated and you seem to be a leftist. Perhaps you are an educated ignoramus.
He certainly isn’t a conservative. Not when he makes those kinds of statements.
He seemed to have gone silent. I bet he's frustrated that we don't appreciate his efforts to enlighten us poor foolish peasants.