2012-03-08 / Health

‘Consider the Conversation’ planned for seniors, families

Mercy Hospital Grayling has partnered with the Crawford County Commission on Aging to bring area seniors and their families a program entitled “Consider the Conversation;” a video and discussion about end of life issues and how to start the conversation about last wishes.

The presentation examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care, including information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, social workers and national experts from around the country.

Staff from Mercy Hospital Grayling will serve as a panel to answer any questions. The panel will include Marian Long, RN, MSN, a member of the Ethics Committee at Mercy Hospital Grayling. “The Ethics Committee felt that the “Consider the Conversation” program was vital to get into our communities. By partnering with the Commission on Aging, we are able to reach out and offer this program to people who might not otherwise have access to it,” said Long.

Also included on the panel will be Lindsey DeRousse, LLMSW, Director of Social Services and Admissions at Mercy Manor; Tracy Bellor, RN, Mercy Hospital Grayling Emergency Department; Lorelei King, RN, Director of Mission Services at Mercy Hospital Grayling; and Jan Williamson, RN, CHPN, Clinical Manager at Mercy Hospice. Williamson will also serve as facilitator for the panel.

“Consider the Conversation” will take place on March 15 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grayling Senior Center, 308 Lawndale, Grayling. There is no charge to attend. In addition, there will be a door prize awarded at the end of the program.

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