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Award-winning research site for professionals and family members looking for information on aging, eldercare, and long term care, including information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, policy, research, and statistics.
Seasoned Times is all about celebrating the “seasoned times” of life and encouraging positive, healthy aging. The Seasoned Times family is made up of our visitors, supporters, contributors, advocates, friends, as well as the people who actually put the site together.
Complete Guide to Social Security
Doing a break-even analysis and other ways to decide how soon to start.
Honoring Choices Whitman County offers assistance with Advanced Care Planning. “Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest website is a comprehensive portal of resources from communities across the state. Our goal is to inspire adults of all ages to create their personal end-of-life care plans and connect people to the tools they need to get started. We also provide resources to guide people through sharing those plans with their loved ones and health care teams. ” A PDF version of the power of attorney for health care, which includes living will (health care directive) information and instructions can be downloaded by clicking here.
You can find local help with advanced care planning at:
- Pullman Regional Hospital Social Work 509-336-7556
- Whitman Hospital & Medical Center Social Work 509-397-3435 Ext. 354
- Friends of Hospice 509-332-4414
Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs. Talking with your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even your friends are all important steps to make your wishes known.
Gunderson Health Systems
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions. The process is crucial to assist those closest to you and your physician(s) to provide you the best care when you cannot make your own decisions.
National Institute on Aging
Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.
Aging with Dignity
Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It deals with all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.
Washington State Medical Association End-of-Life Resources
Advance care planning reduces uncertainty about how you want to be cared for at the end of life. By making choices in advance, many patients find peace of mind and assurance knowing their desires will be carried out in the event of a medical crises.
A PDF version of the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form