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Who Will Speak for You...If You Can't Speak for Yourself?

04-03-2016

Chances are you’re among the majority of people who find it rewarding to plan a family reunion, a vacation or a special event. It’s a lot of work, but most people are willing to put the time into something they consider important. But what about planning for the time in your life when you may not be able to speak for yourself regarding your healthcare? As important as this type of planning is, an estimated three out of four Americans never take the time to think about and document their personal wishes.

Talking about these issues and making these types of decisions is difficult. So, to make it easier for people, a coalition of more than a hundred national organizations got together to create and promote National Healthcare Decisions Day. Every year, April 16th is set aside as the day we remember that life is fragile– and all of us, regardless of our age or health status, need to document what kind of care we want if and when we are no longer able to speak for ourselves. This includes completing an advance directive (also known as a living will), appointing a healthcare power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself), and talking with your family and loved ones about your healthcare preferences and choices.

In the past, FMH worked on raising awareness within the health care system and throughout the community as to the importance of talking about end-of-life issues and documenting them. Last year, a small group of staff and volunteers attended over 60 events and touched more than 2,000 people.

This year, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, FMH plans to take our community’s participation to the next level and inspire action. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, FMH will sponsor It’s Your Life, It’s Your Plan from 1-3 p.m. at FMH Crestwood. Local attorneys and FMH social workers will be on site to answer questions as you make your healthcare decisions and complete your forms. You will be given copies of these forms, which can also be scanned directly to FMH and your primary care provider if you wish. There is no charge to participate.

“Don’t assume that your doctor or even your close family members know what your healthcare priorities are,” said Nikki Moberly, PFAC Member. “For example, some people facing a terminal illness want to receive all possible treatments to extend life, while others choose to focus on quality of life, instead seeking hospice or palliative care. Thinking about what would be important to you in a medical crisis and making your wishes known to loved ones is what National Healthcare Decisions Day is all about.”


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On Saturday, April 16, 2016, FMH will observe National Healthcare Decisions Day by sponsoring It’s Your Life, It’s Your Plan from 1-3 p.m. at FMH Crestwood.

Local attorneys and FMH social workers will be on site to answer questions as you make your healthcare decisions and complete your forms. You will be given copies of these forms, which can also be scanned directly to FMH and your primary care provider if you wish.

Free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, call 240-566-3546.

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