To mark National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, and to remind us all to “have the conversation,” there will be a display at the library with information about how you and your family members can express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
Did you know that 71% of Americans have thought about their end-of-life treatment preferences, 95% have heard about a living will, but only 29% have actually completed an advance directive?
National Healthcare Decisions Day is an opportunity to join Americans across the country to talk to your friends and family about your future healthcare decisions and complete your advance directive and living will. Make your wishes known and select someone who will speak for you. In the event of an accident or sudden illness and you are unable to speak for yourself, will your family know what you want? Completing these documents is a gift to your family as it relieves them of the burden of having to make difficult decisions during a time of stress.
This display is provided by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine’s Advance Care Planning Group.