Sentara urges patients, families to TALK about Advance Care Planning
Sentara Healthcare has launched an updated information program urging patients and their families to TALK -- about advance care planning. It's the TALK that everyone delays, puts off, plans to get to tomorrow or next week. Here's Sentara's advice:
T – Take time to have the conversation with your physician and family.
A – Always be open and honest.
L – Leave no doubt about your values and preferences.
K – Know that advance care planning is a quality of life choice.
“It’s important for patients and families to have the conversation before there’s a medical crisis,” says David Cochran, director of Ethics and Advance Care Planning for Sentara Healthcare. “If that conversation results in the patient filing an Advance Medical Directive, that’s an ideal outcome.
“Nothing is worse for families than not knowing what their loved one wants,” Cochran continues. “Having the TALK empowers patients and gives families guidance in making healthcare decisions when it counts the most.”
After more than a decade educating patients about Advance Care Planning, Sentara Healthcare has almost 30,000 Advance Medical Directives on file, either locally or through the U.S. Living Will Registry. Patients in Virginia and North Carolina can download informative materials and state-appropriate forms, watch a helpful video and link to authoritative sources at http://www.sentara.com/PatientVisitorInfo/Pages/AdvanceDirective.aspx
Nat’l Healthcare Decisions Day is Monday, April 16. http://www.nhdd.org/
Why not make this the day that you finally take action and do what's right for you and your family?
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