National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 and communities across America are coming together to raise awareness and highlight the importance of advance care planning.
"People tend to put off awkward or uncomfortable conversations about important decisions regarding their health care wishes until the 'right time,'" said Michelle LaChevalier-Szabo, Mercy Home Health and Hospice community relations coordinator. "By procrastinating, family members are often handed the responsibility for these decisions in times of crisis or emotional distress.
At the National Healthcare Decision Day Expo, we provide the participants with the tools to start the conversation and address these important details."
The public is invited to the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College on April 15 from 3 – 6 p.m. to learn more about local resources available.
Agencies and businesses will be on hand to discuss topics relative to National Healthcare Decisions Day.
3:15p.m. - Advance Planning for Health Care by Kristin Maun, Staff Attorney for Kansas Legal Services
4:15 p.m. - Personal Priorities Important to Your Medical Decisions by Dr. Amy Sachau, Mercy Family Medicine Clinic
5:15 p.m. – Low Impact, Fun Exercise by Rich Wallace, Personal Trainer, Mercy Health for Life
3 p.m. –6 p.m. - Community Business Vendors
Chair Massages $1 / minute
Virtual Dementia Tour – Country Place Senior Living
Forms will be available and assistance provided for those choosing to complete an advanced care directives on this day. Legal resources and other forms are available online at http://www.kansaslegalservices.org.
For more information, contact Michelle LeChevalier-Szabo at 620-223-8090.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.