ALMH hosts National Healthcare Decisions Day open house April 16
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[April 04, 2013]
Do you know which health care
treatments you would and would not want if you could not speak for
yourself? Do your loved ones or health care providers know your
health care wishes? April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.
The day is to remind people, regardless of current health, of the
importance of making their health care wishes known to loved ones
and their care providers.
On April 16 from 7 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., the care management
staff at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is hosting a free open
house in Steinfort A with information about advance directives. The
staff will be available to answer questions, provide advance
directives forms and assist with preparing the documents for
appropriate parties, including physicians. Those who already have
advance directives but have questions about changes or updates are
also encouraged to attend.
Advance directives -- power of attorney
for health care, living wills and physician orders for
life-sustaining treatment, or POLST -- are written instructions
about your future medical care. If you are over the age of 18,
advance directives are important to you. They do not go into effect
until you are no longer able to make decisions. Adults can benefit
from thinking about what their health care choices would be if they
were unable to speak for themselves.
"The simple act of creating an advance directive can end up being
an incredible gift for loved ones in the event of an accident or
severe illness," said Valerie Cooper, case management manager at
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No reservations are required for this event.
Free blood pressure screenings will also be available at the
hospital on April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is a 25-bed
critical-access hospital. For more information, visit
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]