A medical crisis can hit at any age. Now is the time to plan so you can be sure to get the health care you want, even when you are unable to speak for yourself.
That is why the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition has launched a community initiative to promote advance care planning.
At a Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter forum in October 2014, experts offered advice and answered questions related to this critical issue. They were joined by Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, who shared her family's experiences. The panelists are pictured below. Look to the bottom of the page for links to various resources; click here for photos; and read or download a transcript of the recorded event.
Don’t Wait for a Crisis: Health Care, Your Way Panel
October 22, 2014, Edmonds Center for the Arts
Reverend Eileen Hanson
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church
Director, Snohomish County
Health Leadership Coalition
Joanne Roberts, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Providence Regional Medical Center
Your call to action
- Think more about the treatment choices you want and who will speak for you, if you become seriously ill or injured.
- Look for books and legal forms related to advanced care planning (library resources listed below).
- Sign up to a community class about advance care planning. Discuss with your family, loved ones and your physician about the choices you would like.
- Create, sign and provide copies of your advance care plan, advance directive with your physician and family.
- Talk with your friends and family to be sure they have done advance care planning too – it’s not just for you!
Washington Legal Forms Here, Sno-Isle Libraries customers can find forms relating to healthcare, living wills, power of attorney, etc. by clicking on the category for Wills & Estates.
Snohomish County Health Care Coalition Initiative
Learn about advanced care planning, including where to find local classes.
Five Wishes "America's most popular living will" provided by Aging With Dignity.
iom.edu/endoflife Institute of Medicine report on "Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life"
Other library resources
Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to providing access to a variety of viewpoints through our wide range of resources, including electronic media, books, journals, and programs like this one.
about important topics
Sno-Isle Libraries' Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.