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No Time Like the Present: Begin the Conversation about Advanced Directives

3/2/2016

 High Point, NC -   Life is all about planning.  We decide a career path, the education we need to meet this goal, we plan for a family, where we will live to raise our family and we make a plan for retirement.  Planning seems to be a natural response to living.  If this is true, it seems planning for our future health care needs should also be a natural response to living. 

If you were to face a medical crisis what would you want to see happen? How would you make your wishes known to your family and medical providers?  Most of us want to live life on our own terms and we can even until the end of life; however, this may not happen without a plan. Only one out of 10 people die suddenly.  Ninety percent of us can expect to face health care decisions as we approach end of life. 

The emotional trauma during a crisis situation can be minimized by taking the time now to think about your values, what is important to you and what you consider to be a good life. Even though you are not sick today, planning for your future health care needs will assure that you will receive the kind of care you would want, even when your family members or doctors are making decisions for you. 

Advance Care Planning guides you to think about the types of decisions you may need to make and gives you the opportunity to be proactive about these choices ahead of time, letting others know your preferences.  This can be done by completing an Advance Directive, a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney.  Both become living documents that speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself.  They become your voice to your health care providers and your family.  In your planning you may want to talk to your doctor, your clergy, your attorney and most especially your family or those individuals who play a significant role in your life. 

April 16, 2016 is “National Health Care Decision Day.” High Point Regional will partner with Hospice of the Piedmont to educate our community on the importance of Advance Care Planning and how you can secure your future by beginning a conversation today about your future health care needs.  There will be a physician, an attorney and other clinical experts available to answer your questions and get you started on a plan that works for you. 

Date:               Tuesday, April 5
Time:              Noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
                                 or              
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (refreshments provided)                     

Location:        Millis Regional Health Education Center
                        600 N. Elm Street
                        High Point, NC 27262

Registration is required.  To reserve your seat call the Contact Center at (336) 878-6888. 
 

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