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Monday, April 14, 2014
National Healthcare Decision Day is a day set aside to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

To help raise awareness, Niagara Hospice will provide information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers that will help enable them to execute written advance directives.

Hospice will hold a free Advance Care Planning program Wednesday at 3 p.m. to help ensure health care wishes are followed.

Cheryl Ferguson, BSW, MSW and Niagara Hospice Medical Social Worker will explain Health Care Proxies, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).

“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,” Ferguson said. “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 will be better equipped and able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Today is the last day to register for the session by calling 280-0742.

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