When: Saturday, April 22, 2016; 10am – 2pm
Where: Piedmont Medical Center’s Women’s Tower, 222 S. Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill, SC
Let Them Know You’re Coming: If you plan to attend, please contact Daisy Burroughs via telephone, 803-329-6838 (office), 803-477-4926 (cell), or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is observed annually in April and is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed an advance directive (“living will”), in which they name the person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves. A 2014 study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine says only about 25% of Americans have completed an advance directive even though it is available for people age 18 and older.
Piedmont Medical Center will be featuring Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes, a popular living will program with more than 25 million copies in national circulation. The 12-page document is easy to use and deals with personal, family, and spiritual matters in addition to medical and legal concerns. Five Wishes is also a valuable tool for beginning often very difficult family discussions. It meets the legal requirements of 42 states (including North Carolina and South Carolina) and is useful in states that require state forms and mandatory notices. Five Wishes is available in 28 languages in order to address the diverse cultural needs of the community.
Sessions will equip participants with their very own living will, complete with notarization, free-of-charge.
Registration is encouraged as space will be limited, but not required. You can register by calling 803-329-1234, choose option 2, or by visiting myPMC.com.