April 6, 2021 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – Honoring Choices Florida, Florida’s advance care planning initiative supported and coordinated by Community Hospice & Palliative Care, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, Honoring Choices Florida is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare surrogate and living will) in accordance with Florida state laws. These resources are available at https://www.honoringchoicesfl.com.
Honoring Choices Florida and Community Hospice & Palliative Care welcomes the public to join in an important online discussion to learn more about advance planning during the following sessions:
April 14, 2021 - http://bit.ly/AdvanceCarePlanningNHDD1
April 15, 2021 - http://bit.ly/AdvanceCarePlanningNHDD2
As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known. Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.
For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit http://nhdd.org.
About Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 42-year history, through the support of more than 1,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its 10 inpatient care centers. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, visit CommunityHospice.com
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