St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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CATHOLIC BISHOPS OFFER FORMS TO AID IN ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops have published a form to help individuals convey their desires regarding health care decision-making in a manner that aligns with Catholic principles. The form, provided in one version for those who are Catholic and in another version for those who are not, was designed as an addendum to the State of Wisconsin’s Power of Attorney for Health Care (POAHC) document.
A POAHC is an advance directive, which is a legal document through which an individual declares the kind of care that he or she would want if unable to participate in decision making. The POAHC enables a person to designate an agent to make health care decisions for that person if ever incapacitated. When used in conjunction with a valid Wisconsin POAHC, the addendum communicates a person’s desires, consistent with Catholic teaching, on decisions regarding nutrition and hydration, pain management, and other health care matters.
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