Workshop to discuss advanced directives


RUMFORD — At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, and at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, Pat O’Brian of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice will lead an interactive discussion on what advanced directives are, why one should have a living will and how to fill out the advanced directive forms. The workshop content is identical. Both workshops will be held in Conference Room A on the ground floor of the hospital. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about decisions people often face about their health care. Advanced directives (living will) allow a person to specify who may make medical decisions on their behalf if unable to make those decisions.

“We often think of living wills as being something for the older person or for someone who is gravely ill,” said Karen Swan, Rumford Hospital’s Community Care Manager, “but I believe everyone over the age of 18 should have one.”

The session will leave attendees better informed about options and able to make sure wishes are honored and to share decisions with family, friends and health care providers.

Preregistration is required. To register call Karen Swan, community care manager, at 369-1151. If you reach her voice mail, leave the date you wish to attend, your name, the number of people attending and your phone number.