Petersburg Medical Center’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of each person we serve. A crucial part of fulfilling this mission is asking patients and community members to complete an Advance Care Directive and share it with PMC, your other health care providers, family, and close friends.
Do you know what healthcare treatments you would and would not want if you could not speak for yourself? Do other people know what your wishes are?
Why Plan Ahead?
Unable to speak for yourself
Sudden illness or accidents
Leave a guide for others
Peace of mind for loved ones
„ Learn about life-sustaining treatments
„ Reflect upon your values
„ Decide what you want and do not want
„ Talk to others
Questions to Discuss.
„ What do you want & not want at the end of life?
„ Who should speak for you?
„ What are your concerns?
„ What gives your life the most meaning?
„ What one thing do you want to be sure your doctors, family and friends know about your wishes?
„ What makes your life most meaningful?
„ What does being “healthy” mean for you?
„ What scares you most about being sick or dying?
„ Have you had any experiences that have shaped the way you think about disability and/or death?
Important to Know.
„ Your advance directive should reflect your wishes
„ Lawyers are not needed
„ Not all documents are legally valid in every state
„ Witnesses or a notary is required in AK
„ Does not expire and can be updated as needed
See what residents in Wisconsin are talking about.
We recommend the Aging with Dignity's "5 Wishes" advance directive form. It is recognized in 42 states and the District of Columbia. You can pick up a free form at the business office, Nurses' Station, Joy Janssen Clinic, court house, or public library or find it online at www.agingwithdignity.org
PMC medical staff would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding medical decisions. However, please be sure to consult your attorney if you have any legal questions.