Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day and Freeman hospital is (was) trying to help you make plans for you and your family.
Advance medical directives, such as a durable power of attorney and living will, are legal documents that enable a patient’s doctors and loved ones to know and honor an individual’s wishes regarding medical treatment. These documents take effect when a patient is unable to make their own healthcare decisions.
We spoke to Megan Spiering Palliative care coordinator at Freeman and she told News Talk KZRG that everyone needs to be prepared. “At a bare minimum everyone should have a durable power of attorney. And that’s naming a trusted person you appoint for your healthcare decisions if you’re ever in a situation where you can’t make that decision for yourself.”
Visitors and staff will have/had access to computer stations linked to prepareforyourcare.org and a wellness booth with stress dots and a doodle station. Plus Freeman had experts like Megan as well as notaries public on hand to get you through the process. They even have a sign language and Spanish interpreters available to assist you.