April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and in recognition Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is encouraging everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician and to go through an advanced care planning process.
Advance care planning (ACP) is preparing for when a person may not be able to make his or her own medical decisions. The process involves conversations throughout life about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. Revisiting decisions and plans regularly and documenting wishes in a Health Care Directive is important. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.
Trained Honoring Choices facilitators are available at CRMC to help people complete a Health Care Directive. During April, a facilitator is available Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In May and on-going, a facilitator will be available the first and third Monday of each month. Call 218-546-7462 for a free appointment.