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Published on April 13, 2016

How Prepared Are You?

Spartanburg Regional educates families on end of life decisions

Your family member has a health crisis. Who will be in charge of their healthcare needs as power of attorney? Do you know their wishes and beliefs? Have they updated their will recently?

From a car wreck to a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, people are faced with experiences they never intended to have and often haven’t shared their values, preferences and beliefs with their families.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), recognized on April 16, highlights these family crises and works to open the line of discussion and promote advanced directives planning for healthcare needs. Advance directives range from a healthcare power of attorney or making a living will.

A living will can guide physicians and families in final medical care decisions and are necessary when you are unable to make medical decisions or a condition has threatened your wellbeing.

Here are some things you should know:

• Get information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
• Decide what types of treatment you would want or would not want.
• Share your end-of-life wishes and preferences with your loved ones.
• You do not need a lawyer to prepare advance directives.
• Make sure you prepare your advance directive to reflect your decisions and beliefs.
• Complete your South Carolina specific advance directives.
• In most states, you can include special requests in your advance directives such as wishes about organ donation, cremation or burial.
• Be sure to make your physician and loved ones aware of your specific requests so appropriate referrals and arrangements can be made.

Want to learn more? Spartanburg Regional Post-Acute Care Services will be available to answer questions and offer information about Advance Care Planning.

Attend upcoming advance care planning sessions this week:

THURSDAY, APRIL 14
8 - 10 a.m.
Bojangles
102 Dorman Center Drive
Spartanburg

FRIDAY, APRIL 15
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Midway BBQ
811 Main Street
Buffalo (just outside of Union)

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