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New Year’s Resolution #1: Healthcare Planning

The start of a new year – especially this new year – is the perfect time to plan ahead. With COVID-19 still with us, thinking and talking about what kind of healthcare we might want, if there comes a time we can’t speak for ourselves, is the greatest gift we can give to those we love.

If there’s an emergency, you likely won’t know the doctors or nurses treating you and you could easily be disoriented, unconscious, or (in the case of COVID) become incapacitated quickly.

The easiest way to start is to name someone, called a Medical Power of Attorney, who you are close to, knows you well, and is willing to help make decisions if you can’t. You can also give them, and future healthcare providers, some insight into your wishes, your values and goals, and the decisions you would make if you were coherent and able to communicate.

Don’t put it off – resolve to make healhcare planning a priority. Join a nurse online for two free, interactive crash courses.

It’s Time to Talk:
Advance Care Planning in the time of COVID-19

Thursday, Jan. 7 , 12:00 – 1:00 pm or Wednesday, Jan 13, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Identify your preferences for future medical care • How to choose a medical power of attorney • How to discuss wishes with loved ones and medical providers 

It’s Time to Act:
Understanding & Completing Advance Directive Forms

Thursday, Jan. 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm or Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

A thorough examination of Advance Directive forms • Q & A • Complete your forms

To register, please contact Shirley Price at sprice@hospiceaustin.org 

* Nurses and Social workers can earn 1 hour of CE credit for the Advance Care Planning seminar.

The GIFT Project is an initiative of Hospice Austin, and is made possible by support from The St. David’s Foundation.

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