Aspirus Langlade Encourages Thoughtful Discussions on Healthcare Decisions

People don’t like to talk about it, but it’s important to have a plan if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot make a medical decision for yourself.

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It was created to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

“Wisconsin and Michigan are not next-of-kin states which means family members are not automatically authorized to make heath care decisions for you unless you have completed an Advance Directive naming them as an agent,” said Liza Steffeck, MSW,CAPSW, an Advance Care Planner with Aspirus Langlade Hospital. 

An advance directive is a legal document that explains how you want medical decisions to be made and who to make those decisions if you cannot make them yourself. 

“This would guide your family and medical team if there was a sudden incident or illness that left you unable to communicate your wishes,” adds Steffeck.

Staff at Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Clinic gathered on Tuesday April 11 for an Advanced Care Planning is Important event which served as a reminder for those needing more information about health care decision making. “It’s important for all our staff to be informed and aware of the steps necessary for this important process,” said Steffeck. 

Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Clinic is excited to announce the availability of assistance for people interested in or needing help filling out Advance Directives. Through a FREE program called “Honoring Choices,” Trained Advance Care Planning facilitators will assist you in exploring and documenting your wishes. 

Aspirus Antigo Clinic is accepting walk-in appointments starting April 18 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Appointments will also be offered on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Aspirus  Elcho Clinic starting April 25 and the 1st Tuesday of each month at Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic starting May. The Birnamwood and Elcho Clinic sessions are by appointment only, please call 715-623-9790 to schedule.

Additional information, including helpful video information can be found on the Aspirus website.