Virtual event to focus on importance of healthcare decision-making

The greatest tool we can use in decision-making is information. That is why VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice will continue its commitment to educating the public this year as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Recognized April 16, National Healthcare Decisions day is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations aimed at ensuring information, opportunity and access is available for all to document important healthcare decisions.

It is an initiative of The Conversation Project, which works in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It is meant to simplify understanding of healthcare decision-making, including advance care planning with a focus on conversation first.

As part of this movement, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers.

This year’s panel presentation will be held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Events like what we’ve experienced since the emergence of the coronavirus only serve to heighten our awareness of the need for preparedness prior to and in the face of a medical crisis. It’s important that each person have an advanced directive so their wishes under a variety of medical circumstances are known, as are their wishes for personal matters and affairs.

During a virtual presentation Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m., two presenters will share their expertise on healthcare decision-making and answer questions from those in attendance. Presenters include VNACHCH Director of Hospice Michelle Blanchette, who will discuss the palliative and hospice care decisions one might face, and Joan Reed Wilson of RWC, LLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law, who will share important information regarding elder law and estate planning.

This presentation is one of several upcoming webinars VNACHCH is hosting to offer education and advice regarding the wellness journey to the public. Other topics include Memory Matters: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preventing Diabetes, Know Your Numbers: Understanding Heart Health, Compassion Fatigue: A Reality for Caregivers, and others.

For more information or to register for a webinar, click here.