Advance healthcare directives: Community Hospice pushes ‘important conversation’

Advance healthcare directives: Community Hospice pushes ‘important conversation’

As part of a nationwide push, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida urged Northeast Florida residents to complete their advance healthcare directives.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is Tuesday, April 16.

Despite recent gains in public awareness, studies indicate most Americans have not documented their healthcare wishes in the event they cannot speak for themselves, according to a news release.

“Advance care planning is so much more than securing legal documents,” said Susan Ponder-Stansel, president/CEO of Community Hospice. “Advance care planning is about thinking, talking and preparing so that healthcare decisions are made in a manner that the individual desires. It is very important those discussions take place before a health crisis occurs.

“It’s a process and not an event, and we hope National Healthcare Decisions Day will help individuals and families begin this important conversation,” she said.

In Florida, an advance directive can be a living will, healthcare surrogate designation or duraable power of attorney, according to the release.

Read more at: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/407800/beth-cravey/2013-04-10/advance-healthcare-directives-community-hospice-pushes