Harris Regional Hospital to recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day April 19th with free living will planning

February 28, 2017

SYLVAHarris Palliative Care will provide free living will assistance 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 19 in Harris Regional Hospital’s private dining room on the first floor of the hospital. The drop-in event is part of a nationwide observance known as National Healthcare Decisions Day which occurs annually in mid-April.

The living will document ‘Five Wishes’ will be available, providing a legal roadmap for personal healthcare decisions. Notary services will also be available. Please bring photo identification. For information on the event call (828) 586-7145.

“It’s important for each of us to state our wishes as they relate to healthcare so that our friends and family members will understand what we want if and when there is a time we cannot speak for ourselves,” said Ron Allen, chaplain for Harris Palliative Care. “Advance directives are a set of distinct instructions that each of us has the power to construct, making choices now for those critical decision times that may come at some point later in life.”

National Healthcare Decisions Day began in 2008 as a way to inspire and educate the public and medical professionals about the importance of advance care planning. For more information visit www.nhdd.org.