A free Advance Care Planning series will be given at the Carpinteria Woman’ Club next month, to help Carpinterians make decisions about their health care wishes. The program is hosted by Compassionate Care of Carpinteria, an initiative of Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) and will be led by HSB’s Community Engagement Manager, Jeanne West.
On June 9 at 4 p.m., West will host a seminar on how to choose a health care worker, someone who can manage someone’s health care while incapacitated. West will instruct attendees on how to complete the required legal document. West will also schedule follow-up appointments on June 16 to help get attendees’ health guidelines notarized for free.
“As we have seen in recent years with the rapid spread of Covid, individuals young and old have become seriously ill with this virulent virus. For many, there were no formal plans in place indicating their healthcare wishes prior to the crisis,” a representative from Compassionate Care of Carpinteria said. “It has sparked an increased desire locally, as well as nationally, to help people aged 18 and over have meaningful discussions about the care they want – or don’t want – in the event of a serious or life-threatening medical emergency.”
Copies of completed documents will be made and delivered to Cottage Hospital.
“Beyond the conversation, we need to help individuals complete the document,” West said.