COMMUNITY EVENT FOR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
HOSTED BY THE HOSPICE OF SAINT JOHN
WHAT: A Community Education Day, to coincide with the Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, will be hosted by the Hospice of Saint John as a FREE-TO-THE PUBLIC program. This event will help educate the general public about the importance of having “advance care planning,” to help loved ones avoid confusion, contention and disputes (both legal and emotional) during end-of-life.
This is a “what to do” program for end-of-life situations.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10 am to 2:00 pm
WHERE: The Hospice of Saint John, 1320 Everett Court, Lakewood, Colorado and in the south office at 8 Inverness Drive East, Suite 110, Englewood 80112.
DESCRIPTION: Patients in the final stages of their lives, face many difficult experiences. Those who work with end-of-life patients understand that some of the emotional and legal trauma can be avoided or eased with a raised awareness of what needs to be done, why certain steps need to be taken and how to best accomplish these tasks.
While making end-of-life decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions those decisions for others is even more complicated. Advance directives provide individuals with the ability to document the types of health care that is wanted or not wanted, as well as providing the opportunity to name an “agent” to speak for an end-of-life patient.
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Many of us can recall Terri Schiavo’s situation, which several years ago, vividly revealed that having an advance directive can be a valuable tool for all adults, regardless of current age or heath status. Her painful story was reported in the media, as an example of what can happen without planning.
“It is critically important to make your end of life’s decisions while healthy and able to make those decisions.”
Cammie Rausch, RN, BSN
Experts in this field, estimate that only about 25% of all Americans have advance directives, leaving their loved ones without much needed information at a difficult time. An increased awareness of this subject can reduce the number of tragedies that happen when a dying person’s wishes are unknown. With an increased awareness, healthcare facilities and providers can offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning for their patients.
The Hospice of Saint John is joining other organizations around the country to bring advance directives awareness and assistance to the public.
Tuesday, April 16th is filled with opportunities to have questions answered from experts in Elder Law and Funeral Planning. Participants will find out about how patients’ preferences can be documented through advance directives. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in home health services and assisted living facilities, regarding the type of services that are available, including how to access this assistance. Light refreshments will be served at both locations.
The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 affirmed the right of every citizen to set forth his or her future healthcare wishes in writing with an “advance directive.”
FOR INFORMATION on the day’s events, or to speak to one of our staff please contact Cammie Rausch, RN, BSN, Director of Education and Compliance, Hospice of Saint John, 303-232-7900 or go online to www.hospiceofsaintjohn.org.
The Hospice of Saint John, serving the metropolitan area for over 36 years, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.