Essentia Health Offering Virtual Advanced Care Planning Classes

Essentia Health Offering Virtual Advanced Care Planning Classes

February 28, 2022 Access Health News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Fargo, ND — Feel confident that you’ll get the health care you want, even when you’re no longer able communicate with doctors or loved ones by going through the process of creating of health care directive. Essentia Health wants to assist you in the process with a series of upcoming free advance care planning (ACP) classes.

Advance care planning is a process that helps you think and talk about your choices for health care in the future. It’s important for every adult to have an advance directive, also known as a living will or health care directive, according to Essentia Health Nurse Practitioner Penni Weston.

Everyone is invited to join in thought-provoking conversation to discover the value of Advance Care Planning, reflect on your values, choose a health care agent, explore goals for treatment and take steps toward completing a health care directive for yourself. By having these conversations proactively, you can ensure that your preferences are understood if you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself due to an accident, injury or sudden illness.

Weston adds that because serious illness and injury can be happen at any moment, it’s never to early to start the advanced care planning process.

For the safety of our communities, these classes are currently being offered virtually. Visit to register and for more information on advance care planning.

Essentia Health is hosting free advance care planning (ACP) classes on the following days:

• Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 13, 1-2 p.m.

• Tuesday, May 3, 9-10 a.m.

If you are unable to attend a virtual class but are interested in learning about advance care planning, they do offer a pre-recorded webinar, “It’s about the conversation,” that is available online as well