Santa Rosa, CA – April 2, 2018 – Live in accord with your beliefs and values. Fulfill
the goals that have meaning for you. Enjoy your favorite comforts: Isn’t that
how you should get to live right up to your last breath—even if a medical
crisis means that you are unable to make decisions for yourself?
In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day and Week,
April 15-22, My Care, My Plan:
Speak Up, Sonoma County will hold several free workshopsin
Sonoma, Petaluma and Santa Rosa to encourage residents to speak up now
about how they want to be treated if incapacitated in a future medical
"What would your most important priorities be if you
were very ill and unable to participate in decision-making? What would matter
to you most if your time were very limited? Who would you want to be prepared
to speak for yourself in such moments? What would you want to be sure your
loved ones and health care team knew you would want to avoid, if at all
possible? These are some of the important questions to discuss with your loved
ones," says Gary Johanson, MD, Medical Director, Memorial Hospice and St.
Joseph Palliative Care Services.
Registration for the following events is online: Register
online at MyCareMyPlanSonoma.org
- Two workshops on Who Will Decide? will be Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hospice of Petaluma, and
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hospice, Santa Rosa.
- Friday, April 13, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Steven
Pantilat, M.D., Director, UCSF Palliative Care Program, will address Living
Well with Serious Illness, at Vintage House in Sonoma. His talk will be
followed by two Complete Your Advance Health Care Directive workshops, one at 2 p.m. and another starting at 6:30 p.m.
- On Tuesday, April 17, 2-4 p.m., a Who Will
Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself? workshop in Santa Rosa
will be led by Dr. Gary Johanson of Memorial
Hospice and St. Joseph Palliative Care Services, and Dorothy Foster, MFT and co-chair of My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County.
"Documentation of your
wishes, through completion of an advance care directive, is part of the
process," says Foster. "It's not something you do just once, but
multiple times over your lifespan, because your priorities at age 25 are bound
to be different at age 55 or 85."
My Care, My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County’s (MyCareMyPlanSonoma.org) vision is for every adult
in the county to become educated and empowered to express his/her wishes about
end-of-life care, to have the opportunity to do so, and to have their wishes
honored in a medical crisis. This is an initiative of the Committee for
Healthcare Improvement and Sonoma County Health
Action, mobilizing community partnerships and
resources to achieve equity and improve health for all in Sonoma County. MCMP
is a collaborative of organizations and individuals from the private, public,
nonprofit, and volunteer sectors, including local health care and social
service organizations and other community partners.