The who and what of living wills

Apr 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Everything Else

“Five Wishes: Your Practical Guide for End of Life Care” is the title of a workshop that Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host May 3 in Tacoma.

The session is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Soundview Building, 3602 Pacific Ave.. Because seating is limited, RSVPs are requested at 253-798-8787.

Officials Aging and Disability Resoures, a county program, said the workshop will help individuals think about and plan for end-of-life care, including:

• Who will make healthcare decisions.

• The kind of medical treatment that’s desired.

• Comfort and pain management.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have a completed, living-will document which will provide detailed end-of-life instructions for healthcare providers and family members and will serve as a valid, legal document in Washington, officials said.

The presenter will be Lori Olson, an educator at MultiCare’s Institute for Learning and Development. The event’s sponsors are Multicare Palliative Care and Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Donations to cover the costs of materials will be accepted.

“Many things in our life are out of our hands,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Aging and Disability Resources’ manager. “Every adult should have a living will. Accidents happen, from the young to the old.”

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