Winona Health urges setting up health-care directives for everyone 18 or older

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – Winona Health officials are urging anyone age 18 and older to consider completing a health-care directive.

A health-care directive is a written document in which one can inform others of health-care wishes in the case the ability to communicate is lost.

“Most people do not anticipate losing their ability to communicate during an illness or healthcare emergency, but it happens,” said Karen Sibenaller, of Winona Health. “Having a healthcare directive ensures healthcare providers and family members know what care someone wants.”

Health-care directives do not require assistance from a lawyer. Winona Health will offer a free information program on from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. Authorized forms for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin will be available. If you plan to attend, RSVP is required by calling (507) 457-4342.

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