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Time to Make a Decision

April 9, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Valley Hospice and other national, state and community organizations are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making - an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

As a participating organization since the start of the program, Valley Hospice is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio and West Virginia state laws.

"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," said Chip Railing, Valley Hospice social worker.

"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 and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor wishes when the time comes to do so."

Valley Hospice social workers and registered nurses will be on hand throughout the month of April to answer questions and provide guidelines for those participating to create their own plan when they return home.

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