April 7, 2014
April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). It is a day aside once a year to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.
All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. These decisions can and should be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are. It is a process for you to understand possible future health choices; reflect on these choices in light of the values and goals important to you; discuss your choices with those close to you and the health professionals who care for you. Everyone over the age of 18 should consider completing one.
Fort HealthCare’s medical social worker, Lori Partoll, will be at the Internal Medicine Office at 500 McMillen St. on April 16th from 9:00 a.m. until noon to provide advance directive forms and assist with making an appointment with a trained facilitator who can guide individuals through the process of advance care planning. Lori will also be Fort HealthCare Orthopedic Associates at 1504 Madison Avenue from 1 until 3 that day. Please take the time to stop by and talk about this very important topic. The advance directive and the facilitated conversation are free. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of advance care planning.