Lompoc Valley Medical Center to host free seminars on advance health-care planning

Lompoc Valley Medical Center to host free seminars on advance health-care planning

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is slated to host a series of free seminars throughout the year on advance health-care directives.

The sessions, which will focus on health-care planning, will be led by Susannah Fenton, senior connection program manager for the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging.

The programs will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 23; 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 27; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Each will be held at LVMC’s Ocean’s Seven Café, 1515 E. Ocean Ave.

Fenton is scheduled to speak about advance health-care directives, which include two types of legally recognized documents called a “living will” and a “health-care power of attorney.”

Presentation topics will include:

  • Understanding advance health-care planning and advance directive documents;
  • Considerations in choosing a health-care agent to make decisions on one’s behalf;
  • Identifying values and goals regarding comfort and medical treatment choices; and
  • Communicating end-of-life wishes to loved ones and health-care providers.

An attorney is not needed to fill out advance directives, which primarily protect a person’s right to decide what types of medical care they would or would not desire, in the event they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves.

For more information, visit www.LompocVMC.com.

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