Planning for the end – Group meetings used to reach veterans in rural counties

April 5, 2017

It’s not easy thinking about the end of your own life. Thinking about who will make important decisions and act as your voice when you’re not capable of doing so can be even tougher.

A project by Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is aiming to reach out to rural veterans in order to help them make what can be a tough decision.

Assistant Chief of Social Work at CAVHS Kelley Williams is traveling around the state to speak to groups of veterans and their potential caregivers about their rights under the Patient Self Determination Act of 1990. One of the rights stated under the act is the right to appoint an agent or surrogate to make health care decisions on their behalf.

To help spread the word, CAVHS is moving out of the one-on-one settings and into groups where veterans can discuss their preference for care with other veterans, family members and health care professionals.

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