April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day, and when Niagara Hospice will provide information and tools to talk about health care wishes with family, friends and health care providers. The public is invited to the Niagara Hospice Administrative Building (4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport) for a free advance-care planning program to help ensure health care wishes are followed. The free program begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
Cheryl Ferguson, a Niagara Hospice medical social worker, will explain health care proxies (HCP), living wills, do not resuscitate (DNR) and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST).
"As a result of National Health Care Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known," Ferguson said. "Fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and health care providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis - and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so."
Free forms and light refreshments will be available. Call 716-280-0742 by April 14 to register. For more information, visit the event calendar page at www.NiagaraHospice.org.
For more information about National Health Care Decision Day, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.