Perham, MN – Perham Health is planning a series of education opportunities for community members to learn more about advance care planning. The series includes four informational sessions, starting in April and ending in July.

Advance care planning, or ACP, is an intentional conversation with individuals and their healthcare agent to complete a healthcare directive. The conversation addresses how a person’s values and goals may affect decisions about healthcare. It also provides an opportunity for you and your healthcare agent to talk about potential future healthcare needs.

“This educational opportunity is our first of this kind, with the goal of reaching many community members to promote the value in every adult completing a healthcare directive. We invite all adults to attend this education series,” says Jennifer Howey, director of social services at Perham Health. “Perham Health’s strategic goal regarding advance care planning addresses education to patients across our continuum.”

Each session of the upcoming ACP community education event will focus on a different topic related to advance care planning. Sessions include:

  • April 3 | Advance Care Planning 101 – What is a health care directive and why is it important?
    Presenter: Perham Health Social Services
  • May 8 | Legal issues for the layperson – What is a healthcare agent and what authority, rights, and responsibilities does one have?
    Presenter: Amy Ann Mursu, Lakeview Trust and Estate Law
  • June 12 | Steering Around the Potholes – Family dynamics, all opinions are valid, and real-life scenarios
    Presenter: Perham Health Panel
  • July 10 | Arriving at the best decision – How does this really work, ethical issues, medical diagnosis, advocating for the patient, and planning ahead
    Presenter: Joshua Chapman, MD, Perham Health; Pastor Randy Freund, New Creation Lutheran Church

All sessions will be held at New Creation Lutheran Church, 295 Coney Street West, in Perham. The sessions will run from 6:30 until 8 p.m. each evening and are free to attend. For additional information, please call (218) 347-1608.

Perham Health is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with three primary care clinics, a 96-bed nursing home, home care agency, adult day services, memory care assisted living, and senior housing.  The medical staff consists of 23 physicians, 12 advance practice providers, and three chiropractors. Visit perhamhealth.org to learn more.