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Seminar to Focus on ‘Five Wishes’ Documents for Cancer Patients

Ventura, California, 10/11/2011

Community Memorial Hospital’s Psychosocial Services Department is holding a seminar on Monday, Oct. 17, to provide cancer patients “Five Wishes” legal documents that puts in writing their healthcare wishes to family and loved ones.

Jody Giacopuzzi, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will facilitate the seminar that will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at CMH’s Cancer Resource Center, 2900 Loma Vista Road, Suite 105.

A “Five Wishes” document can help family members talk with each other about difficult health care subjects. It addresses:

  • The person who will make care decisions when the patient cannot;
  • The kind of medical treatment wanted and not wanted;
  • How comfortable the patient wants to be, including pain management;
  • How the patient wants to be treated;
  • What the patient wants loved ones to know.

The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment documents also will be discussed.

For reservations and more information, call 652-5459.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 10 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.