Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf offering Life Transition Planning

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will host a free seminar on “Advance Directives” at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 7 in the hospital’s conference room. This topic is sponsored by the hospital’s SeniorSpirit program.  Led by Merian Milton, BSW, Regional Access Representative for Covenant Hospice, the seminar will highlight living wills and other documents used to give advance directions about medical treatment.

Advance directives are legal documents that protect your right to accept or refuse medical care if you should ever become incapacitated or unable to communicate your wishes due to injury or illness. Advance directives enable patients to make their feelings known in writing about complex issues such as:

* Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for patients at the end of life

* Intravenous therapy for patients who can no longer eat or drink

* Do Not Resuscitate orders

* Feeding tubes and respirators

* Your feelings about when you would want these treatments used or discontinued if you were in a coma, terminally ill, or had permanent brain damage.

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