Comfort Care Hospice takes part in National Healthcare Decisions Day

Published 9:51 am Monday, April 2, 2012

SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE

Comfort Care Hospice of Greenville, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.

The joint effort that has culminated in the designation of April 16, as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, Comfort Care 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.

“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 Johnnie Mae Hatten,  Administrator of Comfort Care Hospice.  “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 patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

On April 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its office located at 501 East Commerce St., Comfort Care Hospice will provide free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. Anyone unable to come by the office may call the Comfort Care Hospice office at (334) 383-9688 and request the forms be mailed to you.

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.