Arbor Hospice Encourages Communication on National Healthcare Decision Day
Posted: April 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 1, 2014) – While 82 percent of Americans say it’s important to put their end-of-life wishes in writing, only 23 percent have actually done so. National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) – April 16, 2014 – is dedicated to empowering individuals to express their healthcare wishes, and is an excellent occasion for adults to share their care preferences with family and friends.
As an organization participating in NHDD, Arbor Hospice is providing information and tools for the community to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives. On April 16 from 1-2 p.m. at the Ypsilanti Michigan Avenue Library (229 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti), the community is invited to join Arbor Hospice for “Making Your Wishes Known: Five Wishes Advance Directive.”
Everyone who attends will receive a free Five Wishes advance directive booklet and instructions on how to complete the document legally. Advice on how to facilitate these sometimes difficult conversations will also be provided. Completed Five Wishes advance directives let family members and doctors know:
- Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make them yourself.
- The kind of medical treatment you do or do not want.
- How comfortable you want to be.
- How you want people to treat you.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
Making healthcare decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions for others may be even more complicated. Taking the time to research, discuss and document preferences for end-of-life care with friends, family and healthcare providers now will make the process easier and less stressful at the end-of-life. Documenting your wishes ensures that your wishes are carried out in a way that suits you if you are unable to express them yourself, and ensures your loved ones do not feel burdened or uncertain with the decisions they may have to make.
For more information about this free presentation, please contact Jaclyn Klein at (734) 794-5394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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