FARMINGTON – Is it a living will? Advance directive? A health care power of attorney? These questions and more will be answered during a community presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Speakers will be Ed David, a local attorney with Joyce, David and Hanstein, and Janet Hall, RN, CHNP, of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. Both are members of the Western Maine Palliative Care and Hospice Coalition.

According to coalition members, 61 percent of Franklin County residents do not have their end-of-life wishes documented.

But, with proper planning and advance directives, individuals can provide information to their family and physician to assure that they are provided the healthcare they wish, should they be unable to speak for themselves.

David and Hall will introduce the topics, demystify the language and explain the process for getting wishes on paper. They will also provide suggestions on how to get the documents in place and where to get assistance. There will be time for questions and answers.

The presentation is being sponsored by Franklin Memorial Hospital and the Western Maine Palliative Care and Hospice Coalition. It is free as a public service. Refreshments will be available and RSVPs are requested.

To RSVP or for more information, call 779-2555 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2555.


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