National Healthcare Decisions Day

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By Scotty McDaniel

Hosparus - The Community Hospice of Louisville will participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day on Wednesday, April 16.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a day designed to educate people on their health care options and help them express their wishes regarding health care with loved ones and health care providers.

Judy Burk, director of Clinical Services for Hosparus, said the office at 540 Main St. in Shelbyville will also be open from 3-7 p.m. to anyone who is interested in making advance directives or simply learning about what they are.

"It's really for education," Burk said. "And if folks want to make a decision, we'd be glad to help them with formalizing it."

Some of the issues the office will offer information about are; the reasons to designate a healthcare power of attorney, the option of the EMS Do Not Resuscitate form and the importance of having a living will.

All of the social workers on staff in the Hosparus office are notaries, so those in attendance will be able to have advance directives documented and notarized while there.

Hosparus is a fully accredited non-profit organization that has offered care and education for more than 4,000 patients who face life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families for the past 30 years throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana counties.

More information is available at http://www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org/ and www.hosparus.org.