Final Affairs Conference to be held at WITC
In partnership with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and New Richmond Community Education, the Adoray Home Health and Hospice will hold the second annual Final Affairs Conference on Thursday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WITC-New Richmond campus.
“We had approximately 70 attendees and seven vendors displaying at least year’s event,” said Adoray Director of Marketing and Development Kimberly Anderson. “We considered the event to be successful based on attendee engagement and the positive comments expressed on the evaluation.”
This year’s conference is titled “A Guide to Arranging Your Personal and Legal Affairs” and is a day-long educational opportunity to help community members consider options, ask questions and explore issues regarding personal and legal decisions as they age. A complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided.
“We have more than tripled the number of exhibitors providing tools, resources, and advice on endof- life care and financial planning,” Anderson said. “Comments from last year’s conference attendees led us to the topics being presented at this year’s event.”
Presentations that will be given this year include:
• An attorney talks about legal concerns regarding wills and estate planning
• A physician discusses DNR (do not resuscitate) & CPR
• A panel of experts share the importance of talking to loved ones about their desires and wishes for health care and offer advice on Advanced Care Planning
• A funeral director presents Funeral Services and Pre-Arranging plans
• Benefits Specialist from ADRC offers advice and discusses senior benefits
• Information about care options such as home health, palliative and hospice care A major goal of the conference is for community members in St. Croix County to understand that end-of-life care planning is more about empowerment and choice than it is about death.
“A big part of achieving this is through an advance care planning process that helps us to understand options, reflect and discuss goals, values, and beliefs for end-of-life health care, and to act now, while we are still healthy,” Anderson said. “Saying goodbye to a dying loved one is valuable not only to that person, but also for those left behind, providing opportunities to forgive, love and grow.”
The conference is a free event, but due to limited seating and meal preparation, registration is required. Register today through New Richmond Community Education at 715-243-7494 or online at newrichmond.k12.wi.us.
“There is limited seating for 150 participants at this event due to space restrictions and lunch preparation. We are hopeful of filling every seat,” Anderson said. “There has certainly been ample interest expressed by community members. Individuals care about their families and planning ahead is the caring thing to do.”
Adoray Home Health & Hospice is a local not-for-profit agency providing care and comfort at home for the acutely, chronically and terminally ill in St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, Burnett, and western Barron and Dunn Counties since 1995. For more information contact Kimberly Anderson at 715-684-5020 or visit Adoray’s website at adoray.org.