The Estes Valley Library is partnering with the Estes Park Medical Center’s Home Health Care & Hospice Group and the Larimer Advance Care Planning Team to bring you this Advance Directives service. Give your family and yourself the best gift you can give; insure that your end-of-life wishes are communicated to those that need to know.
By having a plan for your end-of-life care, you can rest more assured that your wishes will be carried out—and know that your loved ones will have an easier time later. Without a written plan, there is far less certainty. Life can take sudden turns, and everyone 18 or over should consider planning their advance directives.
What’s Your Plan Estes Park is made possible through a partnership with the Larimer Advance Care Planning Team and REACH (Rural Estes Alliance for Community Health). Among those agencies are the Estes Park Medical Group, Timberline Clinic, Salud Family Health Center, and the Good Samaritan Village of Estes Park.
The Library can help connect you with a specialist who will discuss the options, and when you’re ready, help you complete the necessary documents to file for your end-of-life care. These appointments are free of charge.
Library Discovery Packs on Advance Directives are available for check-out, including a helpful book, DVD, and sample forms.
Read the newspaper article by Library Director Claudine Perrault, “What’s Your Plan, Estes Park?”
Learn more at the Larimer Advance Care website
Take the time to listen to the 2014 report from NPR about La Crosse, Wisconsin–the town where everyone talks about death. Nearly 96% of people there have advance directives. Nationally, only 30% of people who die have advance directives. Bud Hammes, a medical ethicist at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, has taken the charge of changing the culture of this town. Listen to the NPR piece here.