West virginia NEWS

West Virginia Hospices Support National Healthcare Decisions Day

The Hospice Council of West Virginia (HCWV) is promoting National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 to increase awareness about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations to ensure that people talk about and document their future healthcare decisions. One of the most important things everyone can do is to select someone who knows their values and wishes if they cannot speak for themselves. Having a Medical Power of Attorney who knows your wishes can prevent your family from having to guess and agonize over the difficult decisions that sometimes have to be made in a crisis.
Research conducted by the WV Center for End-of-life Care, funded by the Benedum Foundation, reports that although 77% of West Virginians would prefer to die at home, 70% have not spoken to their healthcare provider about their preferences for treatment at end-of-life. Hospices help people stay at home and the majority of hospice patients in West Virginia are at home. Your local hospice may also be able to help you complete advance directives and many will be available during the week of April 16th helping in your community. You can find your HCWV member hospices at www.hospicecouncilofwv.org by counties served.
Resources for advance care planning can also be found at www.wvendoflife.org and at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s “Caring Info” website, www.caringinfo.org
For more information, contact Chris Zinn at 304-206-8929 or czinn@hospicecouncilofwv.org