Is your family prepared to make a life and death decision? Have you told them your wishes if they have to make tough choices should you fall ill? Most importantly, have you taken the pressure off their hands? If not, it’s time to. April 16th was National Health Care Decisions Day, a day to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare through conversations and the completion of advance directives.
As part of National Health Care Decisions Day Norman Regional Health System is hosting a “Put It In Writing” event on April 30th. NRHS Chaplains will be on hand to explain the importance of having an Advance Directive, a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Do Not Resuscitate documents. They will provide information and answer any questions that you may have.
“The Advance Directive is an important tool to put your wishes regarding end of life decisions in writing,” said Susan Beam, manager of Pastoral Care at Norman Regional Hospital. “It is a legal document protecting your right to have life support measures continued or discontinued if you were to become terminally ill or persistently unconscious.”
The come and go event will begin at 8 a.m. inside Norman Regional Hospital’s Education Center Auditorium and last until noon. There is no fee to attend and participants do not have to register. It is a tough topic to tackle, but wouldn’t you rather make the decision about your life rather than leaving the heart breaking choice to your loved ones? Arm yourself with the knowledge to make decisions about your future by attending Norman Regional’s Health Care Decisions Day on April 30th.