Friday, March 13, 2020

Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Observes National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2020

Five Wishes, America’s most popular advance directive.

SUTTER CREEK, CA  – In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras announces its 1st annual Free Community Workshop on April 16 from 10am-12pm at American Legion Hall- 12134 Airport Rd, Sutter Creek.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is observed annually on April 16 and is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed an advance directive (“living will”), in which they name the person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves.  Experts say only about 20-30% of Americans have completed an advance directive even though all people age 18 and older should have one.

 “It’s understandable that people would put off discussing the topic of serious illness and death, but it’s essential to have this family conversation in advance,” Colleen Brazil, MSW- Hospice of Amador & Calaveras said.  “We are thrilled to offer this workshop to our community.”

Wendy Mathis, Community Relations Director said Hospice of Amador & Calaveras will be featuring Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes documents that were generously provided by funding from The Angels-Murphys Rotary Club. The 12-page document is easy to use and deals with personal, family and spiritual matters in addition to medical and legal concerns.  Five Wishes is also a valuable tool for beginning often difficult family discussions.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be short presentations from Sharon Bertoli-LCSW, Sutter Amador Hospital, Louise Longley, Attorney at Law, and Tim Johnson, Hospice Chaplain. Each guest will leave with a personalized Five Wishes document to keep. Please RSVP to reserve your space by calling Hospice of Amador & Calaveras at (209) 223-5500.

 Five Wishes deals with the things people say matter most to them,” Aging with Dignity President Paul Malley said.  “It allows them to clearly state what kind of treatment they want or don’t want so their families aren’t left to guess or second-guess.”

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been serving the community continuously since 1982, and in the 38 years of operation, has never turned away a patient for end-of-life services because of inability to pay.

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