Having an advance directive can help friends, family and health care providers understand your wishes if you’re unable to communicate them.
Summit County Probate Court and Cleveland Clinic Akron General will host a free workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the importance of advance healthcare decision-making and to encourage conversations among family members and with patients and physicians. The workshop will take place at Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road.
Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and topics will include Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney, General Power of Attorney, Limited Power of Attorney, DNR’s and Organ and Tissue Donation.
Magistrate Paula Haas will present on behalf of Probate Court and Health and Wellness staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist with filling out paperwork that night, if desired.
Putting decisions in writing not only brings peace of mind to families but also helps them avoid some of the difficult situations that occur when a person becomes seriously ill. No one wants to leave their family guessing what their loved one would have wanted.
“Advance directives give you a way to let your family, friends and health care providers know your wishes if you are unable to communicate your choices,” said Probate Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. “Having this often difficult conversation now can save your family from more difficult choices in the future.”
This community program is free and refreshments will be served. Register by contacting Stephanie at (330) 668-4683 or [email protected].