In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Holy Family Hospital invites the community to come in for free information about advanced directives including healthcare proxies and living will documents.
Hospital staff will be providing this valuable information on April 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the main lobby on the Methuen campus, and at the first-floor cafeteria entrance on the Haverhill campus.
There are four main types of advanced directives:
• A healthcare power of attorney or designation of agent
• A living will or statement of your healthcare wishes
• Portable medical orders for those with advanced illness, and
• Organ donation choices.
These documents clarify your end-of-life wishes, and can also help serve as a tool to begin difficult conversations about end-of-life care with family, friends and healthcare providers.
Following those conversations, these written advance directives can be drawn up in accordance with Massachusetts state laws.
As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many people within our community will be able to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions, and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known.
This means fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.
Healthcare providers and healthcare facilities will also be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis, and be better able to honor patient wishes when that time comes.
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