Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will Assistance
Renee Hurley, M.Ed., L.P.C., MVH director of Patient Relations
(April 4, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)
Most Americans have not exercised their rights to make decisions about their health care in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.
MVH will offer free information and tools to help the public make future health care wishes known to their family, friends and medical providers.
National Healthcare Decision Day on Tuesday, April 16, is a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision making.
Renee Hurley, M.Ed., L.P.C., MVH director of Patient Relations will be available in the hospital’s lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. providing free information, tools and assistance to the public on completing one’s advance directives.
Advance directives come in two main forms: a medical power of attorney and a living will.
A "health care or medical power of attorney" appoints a trusted person you select to be your voice for your health care decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.
A "living will" documents the kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life, particularly regarding life-prolonging medication when death is imminent.
“Basically, this initiative asks the question, ‘Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself?’” said Ms. Hurley. “We encourage everyone to complete their own advance directives so that their loved ones won’t have to guess what’s best in difficult times.”
According to a Pew Research Center study, 71 percent of Americans have thought about their end-of-life treatment preferences, 95 percent have heard of a living will, but only 29 percent have written a living will.
The information and assistance in completing the forms at MVH is free. Parking will also be free for participants.
For more information, visit www.nhdd.org or contact Ms. Hurley at 724-258-1076.
Visit www.nhdd.org to view a three minute video on the importance of starting the conversation about one’s end-of-life-care wishes.
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