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April 21, 2018
10:00 AM
Pierce County Sound View Building
3602 Pacific Avenue
Suite 200

Tacoma, WA 98418
Free; No RSVP Required
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ADRC - End of Life & Advance Directives

Saturday, April 21, 2018

What do Advance Directives look like from a medical perspective? When the time comes, the options may not be as clear cut as people would anticipate. Hear from the health care provider perspective about experiences with patients with Advance Directives – and those without – who are facing crucial end-of-life choices.

Make Sure Advance Directives Don’t Fail in a Crisis

While two-thirds of Americans have wills for their estates or possessions, only 15 percent have Advance Directives for health care.  Most often those directives are written by legal professionals, not health care providers.  So when a crisis comes, those Advance Directives may fail to provide adequate guidance for the application of medical care.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources will host an informational presentation about Advance Directives from a medical view.  Participants will learn about the Directives and how they apply and fail when it comes to real, end-of-life experiences.  The free presentations will be held two times in April, 2018: 
April 7 – 10:30 a.m. at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
April 21 – 10 a.m. at the Pierce County Sound View Building, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 

“When families confront an extreme health crisis of a loved done, they typically turn to Advance Directives for healthcare,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “While that can be extremely helpful, the reality is that such guidance can become very limited.  Unless a health care provider was involved in drafting the directions, these legal documents may not provide adequate help in real-life circumstances.”

“End of Life & Advance Directives: A Medical Perspective” discusses how individuals need to consider practical care options from a whole different mindset.  Patients and physicians are not always able to control sudden or unexpected health conditions and the treatments they require.  Depending on health, age, condition and level of pain or discomfort, application of certain procedures may or may not be desired.

Most Advance Directives focus on four possible scenarios” coma with a chance of recovers, persistent vegetative state, dementia and dementia with terminal illness.  The reality is that, for a majority of patients, their medical condition is much more complex and can develop dramatically over a period of hours or days.

“End of Life & Advance Directives: A Medical Perspective” presentations are led by Nancy Lorver, ARNP, a member with the Congregational Health Ministries program at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma.  Events are free and open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For more information about the presentation, call (253) 798-4600.