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
No. Everyone does NOT want one. And most people know exactly what their family’s wishes are. Further, a “living will” can be over ridden by a court as we have seen recently. It is the death cult that is foisting these on people. They are NOT “living wills”. What we NEED is to take away the leftists and the court’s “right” to kill people they believe are inconvenient.
One more time:
As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, pro-gun, pro-limited government, pro-private property rights, pro-limited taxes, pro-capitalism, pro-national defense, pro-freedom, and-pro America. We oppose all forms of liberalism, socialism, fascism, pacifism, totalitarianism, anarchism, government enforced atheism, abortionism, feminism, homosexualism, racism, wacko environmentalism, judicial activism, etc.
Didn't you say all educated people are leftists? Why would you care what us dumb conservatives believe?
The issue about Terri was that her husband murdered her. He received a settlement based on his statement that she would receive medical care and therapy. The moment he had the money, he had her cat put to sleep and their wedding rings melted down. He threatened physical violence towards a nurse who fed Terri Jello. He didn't want her to recover.
By the way, it's not that we want to make your decision. We just don't want you making our decisions.
Now, I have to agree with Corporal Ficklin on this one. He may have a history of obfuscating, but his very first post on this thread he made it abundantly clear where he stands. He's no friend to vulnerable people. You won't see him rushing to the defense of a little old lady being Schiavoed.
Learn to read, oh-so-overly-educated-one. I said the hospitals are forced to push them on their patients. You of all people must know that, since you obviously know everything there is to know about everything.
Nobody is forcing you. That's OK, push the decision off on your child.
I agree that we know EXACTLY where he stands on life. And he has CLEARLY voiced his opinion of conservatives.
You should fill out a living will that says you want to be hooked up to the machines.
Why don't you be a man and flat out answer the question that I asked you instead of dancing around it like a lefty?
Do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
Terri Schiavo wasn’t hooked up to a machine.
What “decision” are you talking about? Whether or not to murder me? My child will never have to make that decision. I taught him that murder is wrong.
And that really, really bothers you.
You should have fish for dinner tonight.
No, you still haven’t learned to read. What bothers us is you lefties pushing your agenda on vulnerable people. Anyone who wants a “living will” can get one. They don’t need to be pressured into it by the likes of you.
I don't want to be kept alive artificially. I just don't want to be dehydrated and starved. It's so...progressive.
Food and water are not "artificial."
Please elaborate on your comment that "all educated people are leftists."
The cultural populists masquerading as conservatives believe in the wisdom and virtue of the common man, thus they have contempt for people such as the bioethicist
In other words, conservatives are simpletons and liberals are educated, such as the bioethicist. He thinks we’re too stupid to understand what he’s saying. Wait until he gets around to evaluating our “Christianist fantasies.”
Damn I’m disappointed. I’ve been on this thread since 10 and no one has had the courtesy to call me a RINO.
Oops. That was under the name Glenn. You didn't start posting as Ben until post #16.
Is it true that moderators have a way of tracking the IP address, to determine if your claim to be two different FReepers is true?
I'll cling to my Bible, Freedom and Guns.
You can keep the (hope and) change.
I'm an old conservative, not one of the new populist conservatives that came in with Nixon's southern strategy
So you aren't going to be a man and answer do you believe that you have the right to decide who is deserving of life?
Yes. They can track repeat trolls that way.
You’re obviously educated beyond your ability to comprehend what you’ve been taught. That’s what us dumb hicks call an overeducated idiot. You’re no conservative. Just because your liberal college professors told you that conservatives are greedy, hateful, cold, heartless bastards who would sell their elderly grandmothers for parts doesn’t mean you are a conservative.
So Glenn/Ben Ficklin, that was a clumsy giveaway.
You should get down on your knees and thank me. This was just another dead thread until I came along.
You are such a knucklehead.
Whoa up there, Trigger. Free Republic has had it's share of Paleos who used "sock puppets" to create false support for their liberal perspectives.
I'm pretty sure both Dane and Willie Green used them.
I had a career in industrial chemicals. Analytical chemist, formulating chemist, management(in a union shop), sales. I've worked in consumables and capital equipment. I know a lot about the manufacturing sector, the Mexican workforce, pollution control and abatement.
Hi, I'm Abraham Lincoln's grand father. My claim is about as valid as yours.
But okay, you must live in the Central time zone. My mistake.
So I've heard. On this very thread, come to think of it. All us conservatives are just a bunch of uneducated hicks.
So you’ve had a lot of jobs. Am I supposed to swoon now?
This is simply disgusting.
Welcome to the thread. There’s only a couple trolls this time.
I'm surprised then that you've deigned to grace us with your presence.
Keep going. That one’s boring. The smartest liberal in the world is here!
"Bioethicist" is simply a euphemism for "death monger". BykrBayb is pro-life.
Thank you, GB.
Still, promoting the pro-death agenda cannot ever be accepted.
Thanks, but I don’t recall anyone on this thread asking for your resume.
That’s the one. And he calls himself an educated conservative, as if that’s a rarity (and as if he really is). I mean you’ve got the first sort of main stream Conservative American, who’s articulate and bright and clean.
Yes, I saw that. We're all too limited to really discuss this issue with him. I wonder why he's been on FR for so long?
I really mean that.
How demeaning for him to associate with those on this site. Ah, well. I doubt that we can ever hope to understand such a rarified being.
Thanks for your input.
I’m still waiting for you to back up your position that millions of people rushed out to sign away their right to life in the wake of the removal of Karen Anne Quinlan’s respirator. Since you have the time to post now, go ahead.
That's not the problem. The problem is that the populists masquerading as conservatives hate educated people and celebrate their own ignorance.
Its simple. You all are irritated that I have living will.
Is your lack of reading comprehension the proof of your superior intelligence?
Is your inability to back up your claims the proof of their accuracy?
Are you always like this, or are you having a medical situation for which we should dial 911?