MEREDITH — The VNA of Meredith & Center Harbor conduct a workshop on drawing up legal documents that allow people to plan and make their own end-of-life wishes known in the event that they are unable to communicate. The half-day session will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the VNA offices in Meredith.
The in-depth workshop is designed to help individuals and their families think ahead and communicate personal treatment preferences early on, organizers explained. Planning for medical emergencies and end-of-life treatment individuals can prevent disagreements among a person's loved ones and spare those close to them the anxiety of having to guess their wishes, as well as giving individuals themselves the opportunity to make these very personal health care decisions
for themselves by preparing a few documents called advanced directives.
Advance directives consist of a living will, and a medical (healthcare) power of attorney. A living will describes personal wishes regarding medical care. With a medical power of attorney one can appoint a person to make healthcare decisions on their behalf in case they are unable to speak for themselves. These serve as a record of one's medical preferences.
The workshop cover the various legal requirements associated with advance directives, as well as life-support systems that can be used to keep a person alive.
Organizers say space is limited, and they encourage those interested in attending to call the VNA offices at (603)279-6611.