Do you worry about the medical care you would receive if you became ill and were unable to speak for yourself? By stating your health care preferences in writing before a health crisis occurs, you can ensure that you will receive the type or degree of care that you want. There are many different and unique documents to help you plan for your future. Fortunate for you I will be having a class on May 25th 7:00-8:00 pm in the basement of the Courthouse. I will be able to walk you through the process and help you better understand it.
Why should I plan ahead?
As long as you are able, you have the right to be informed and decide your medical treatment. But what happens if you become unable to speak for yourself during a health care crisis? Advance directives allow you to voice your future healthcare wishes and appoint someone to be your voice should you become unable to speak for yourself. Unless you have these documents in place, decisions can be made on your behalf that don’t align with your wishes. Sadly, less than one in four American adults have advance directives in place. Don’t be a statistic. Take an active role, and complete your advance directives while you’re still able. Doing so is often considered a gift by family members and friends faced with making decisions about your future care.
When should I plan for my future health care needs?
Advance health care planning is not only for older adults. A person at any age can experience an accident, serious disease, or surgery that leaves them incapacitated and unable to make their own health care decisions. In Kansas, any competent person 18 years of age or older can plan for their health care in advance.
Come to my class on May 25th 7:00-8:00 pm in the basement of the Courthouse to learn and understand how to get these papers filled out and in place for any type of emergency. If you have questions about the class, call the office at 316-284-6930.
K-State Research and Extension, Harvey County
Courthouse, PO Box 583, Newton, KS 67114-0583