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Your Views: April 16 is good day to plan advance directive

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April 14, 2014

Planning ahead is what many of us know we should do, but we don’t always do it. National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, is a great reminder to give the gift of planning to our loved ones. Advance care planning is more than just completing an advance directive. It involves: Learning about treatment options for end-of-life care, thinking about your values and what is important to you, talking about your decisions with your loved ones and doctors, and documenting your wishes in an advance directive.

What if you were injured in an accident and suddenly unable to speak for yourself? Have you left a guide for your loved ones that tells them what’s important to you? Does the person you want making decisions for you know that and know your wishes?

Advance Directives aren’t just for someone who’s getting on in years or someone who is facing illness; everyone should have completed documents and communicated their wishes to their designated “agents.” Beloit Regional Hospice is here to help. It’s our privilege to give back to the communities that have supported us as a not-for-profit, community-based hospice for more than 30 years.

The Advance Directives documents are available from many sources, including the Beloit Regional Hospice website. Click on the Resources link. We also have copies of the documents for Wisconsin and Illinois in our offices. Call us at 608-363-7421, and our staffers will be happy to share their knowledge with you.

MARY ANNE MILLER

Executive Director

Beloit Regional Hospice



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