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.
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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.