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Advanced Care Planning at MCMC

Paige Freeman, PA-C, presented on advanced care planning initiatives at the Murray County Medical Center for the Slayton Kiwanis Club's program on Wednesday, September 6th.

Knowing your voice is heard when making decisions about health care is important. Advanced care planning is the process of preparing for a time when you may not be able to make your own medical decisions. The best time to make these decisions is when you are able to make your own choices.

As you get older, goals, values and priorities often change. Your health status may change, too. Revisiting your decisions and plans regularly is important. Give yourself and others peace of mind. Plan ahead while you are able.

Discussing and sharing your wishes with your loved ones, health care team and health care agent is important. A health care agent (proxy) makes health care decisions based on your wishes if you are unable to communicate, based on the wishes that you outline in a health care directive.

A health care directive is a written plan outlining your values and priorities for your future medical treatment, so your wishes are followed when you cannot speak for yourself. Paige discussed this form and others that can be completed as one progresses through various life stages.

Advanced care planning has the potential to be a bit overwhelming, but the Murray County Medical Center can help! Paige has established an advanced care planning clinic at MCMC - a designated time where you can bring your loved ones to MCMC and talk through the forms, your decisions and wishes, and more, with her professional guidance through every step of the process. Schedule an advanced care planning appointment at MCMC today - call (507) 836-6153!

Interested in having Paige speak on advanced care planning to your business, organization, or community group? That can be arranged, as well! Call (507) 836-1231 or email to learn more.

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