Posted on April 9, 2012
Originally published in The El Dorado News-Times on April 10, 2012.
Life Touch Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making – an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
As a participating organization, Life Touch Hospice is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Arkansas state laws.
Specifically, on April 16, at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., Life Touch Hospice is welcoming the public to Advance Care Planning Workshops providing free information about advance care planning and advance directives.
"As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,? said Macy Braswell, executive director of Life Touch Hospice.
"Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.?
For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or contact Life Touch Hospice at 866-378-0388 or www.lifetouchhospice.org. Life Touch Hospice is a service of the SHARE Foundation."