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Looking Ahead offers remote completion for advance care planning documentation

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Looking Ahead, the local nonprofit that encourages and assists individuals to document their future health care choices, is offering remote options for starting and completing advance healthcare directives to those people who cannot take advantage of the organization’s workshops or individual face-to-face conversations at this time.

“Responsible social distancing and stay-at-home orders present unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Betsy Payn, executive director of Looking Ahead. “More than ever before, it is critical for people facing serious illness and those who love them to discuss their care preferences and document their treatment wishes. Fortunately, with the technology available to us, we can work together safely and securely to complete advance directives and healthcare powers of attorney and then get these electronically into patients’ medical records.”

A four-page advance directive form, which was developed in partnership with area physicians and other medical personnel and includes a section for appointing healthcare agents, is available at the Looking Ahead website for download as a fillable PDF or for printing out for scanning or mailing. Pennsylvania law currently requires two witnesses to the signing of an advance directive. Also available on the website for download is a Reflection Guide, which helps individuals put their values, beliefs and goals of care into words that can then become statements on their advance directive. There is no charge for accessing these forms. Depending on an individual’s health insurance, there may be a co-pay for Looking Ahead to facilitate completion of the documents.

For information, leave a voicemail at 267-544-9580 or email bpayn@lookingaheadacp.org.


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