Mercy Home Health and Hospice Hosts Healthcare Decision Day

March 19, 2015

All too often, people hesitate making healthcare and financial decisions while they have the mental capacity to do so. If these decisions are not made known, family and friends might have to assume a person’s wishes causing undue hardship at an already difficult time.

Help relieve that burden for your family.

Mercy Home Health and Hospice, along with other national, state and community businesses and organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Mercy is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Kansas state laws.  

Specifically, on April 16, from 3 – 6 p.m. the public is invited to join us at Ellis Fine Arts Center, Fort Scott Community College to learn more about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  The event will also showcase local health-related businesses and resources that are available in our local communities.  Breakout sessions will include low-impact exercises, healthy snacks, and home safety measures.  Larry Nuss, Attorney-at-Law, will speak at 5 p.m. about the importance of estate planning, advance directives, and choosing an advanced care directive. 

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said LaShawn Miller, Mercy Hospice social worker.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about the event or advance care planning, contact LaShawn Miller at 620-223-8532.

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