It is a situation many have had the unfortunate experience of facing:
A loved one, for various reasons, has suffered severe injury or illness and is unable to communicate while receiving health care.
That scenario is why Illinois is among the many states to offer standard end-of-life options through binding Advance Directives and Powers of Attorney. Those topics will be the subject of an Advance Directives Training Day with leaders from St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Palliative Care and Social Services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
The training will run from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday, September 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 424 E. Broadway in Centralia.
“Far too often, families are not prepared to face end-of-life decisions for loved ones,” said Jeff Stewart, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan. “This training is an attempt to reach out to the community to help residents make informed decisions while planning in advance of the end of a loved one’s life.”
Among the topics to be covered in the training are life-support measures as well as artificial nutrition and hydration and pastoral care assistance provided by the hospital when families must deal with and end-of-life experience in Centralia.
Advance care planning is the process of communication and documentation to identify a patient’s preferences about goals of care and identify an authorized proxy who can provide competent, confident and informed representation for health care choices when patients are unable to express their wishes. Advance Directives are written instructions to guide those around someone who is unable to communicate wishes to health care providers.
“While this is an important process for elderly residents, it is not exclusively for seniors,” said Sally Waters, RN, of the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Palliative Care Department. “Younger people may benefit from the training by understanding end-of-life options for not only their elderly relatives, but should something unexpected happen to them and they are in a situation where they are unable to communicate their wishes. These decisions are faced by people of all ages every day in the United States.”
For more information on the Advance Directives Training Day with leaders from St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Pastoral Care, Palliative Care and Social Services, please call Jeff Stewart at 899-1449.