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Getting the care you need when you need it the most

January 21, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck is hosting a one hour presentation on "Getting the Care You Want When You Need it the Most" on Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Deters, Cedar Valley Physician and Medical Director of Cedar Valley Hospice, will guide participants through the Five Wishes:

1. The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't.

2. The kind of medical treatment I want or don't want.

3. How comfortable do I want to be.

4. How I want people to treat me.

5. What I want my loved ones to know.

Free Five Wishes booklets will be available.

It brings tremendous peace of mind to know that your health care wishes will be respected in the event you can't speak for yourself. Five Wishes is America's most popular living will because it's written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most - the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. It's also a blueprint for describing what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not. It helps your caregiver know exactly what you want.

Medical decisions at these times can be overwhelming and confusing to individuals and families. Dr. Deters will provide insights on the physical, social and spiritual aspects of advanced directives in today's world.

Faith communities of all traditions use Five Wishes because it is the only advance directive that deals with spiritual matters. It assists health care providers in respecting your religious beliefs in case you become seriously ill. It also emphasizes the important role of faith communities during times of serious illness, thus affirming the God-given human dignity of all.

The church is located at 405 Broad Street. The event is free and open to the public of all ages. For further information call Kathy Holst at 319-788-3615 or the church at 319-788-2165.



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