Johnson Funeral Home plans free workshops to be held in Watertown, Waconia on Feb. 25

As people grow older, there are many topics — from legal documents to funeral planning — that might seem confusing or difficult to approach. In recognition of this, the folks at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia are planning two free community workshops to educate area citizens in these types of issues.
Both workshops will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The first workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 E. First Street) in Waconia and the second will be held at 6 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (600 Kristi Lane) in Watertown. A panel of local experts will touch on a variety of topics, including:
• Legal Tools. David Melchert, an attorney from the office of Melchert Hubert Sjodin, will explain several of the legal tools and documents that one should consider … powers of attorney, wills, health care directives … which documents are appropriate for you?
• Medical Assistance. Andrew D. Pawlitschek of Laker Insurance Service will address what happens to your assets if you or a family member needs to enter a nursing home. What is a “spend down” period and how does it work?
• Funeral & Cremation Options. John Trocke of Johnson Funeral Home will answer these questions and more: What is the best way to guarantee my wishes are carried out? How can I discuss these ideas with my family? Is there a way to protect my funeral dollars from the nursing home?
• Senior Housing Options. Jenny Hissam from Good Samaritan Society Waconia and West View Acres will share information about the options available to people when they desire to have more services provided within their living environment.
All of the speakers will be available after the program to answer questions and a free take-home packet will be available. Cookies and refreshments will be provided and attendees can enter a door prize drawing.
Eric Johnson with Johnson Funeral Home said they have provided several of these community workshops in recent years and try to hold approximately two to three of them a year as a service to the community.
If one is interested in attending either one of the workshops, they may call Johnson Funeral Home at (952) 442-2121 to pre-register to help organizers prepare seating and materials. Walk-ins will also be welcome to attend either workshop.

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