Halifax Health – Hospice plans events on advance health care planning

National Healthcare Decisions Day, which aims to help people across the United States understand the value of advance health care planning, will be a weeklong event, taking place April 16-22.

In observance, Halifax Health – Hospice is presenting free educational and informational activities for residents throughout Volusia County.

“National Healthcare Decisions Day allows organizations such as ours the opportunity to receive greater exposure in our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of adults having an advance care plan.  People are often hesitant about creating a plan, but once they do, they really feel empowered,” said Cathy Gallagher, a registered nurse and educational specialist for Halifax Health – Hospice.

Develop a plan
Sometimes called an advance directive or living will, an advance care plan is a way for a person to plan ahead for their medical care in case they are not able to make their wishes known.

Advance care plans can be made at any time in a person’s life. The plan advises health care providers on what a person wants if they are unable to speak for themselves, which helps to prevent questions and confusion among family members during that time, giving loved ones peace of mind.

Local activities
Halifax Health – Hospice will host the following educational and informational activities in observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

April 17
Halifax Health Medical Center, France Tower and Fountain Building, 301 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halifax Health – Hospice Port Orange Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halifax Health – Hospice West Volusia Care Center, 1625 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halifax Health – Hospice Southeast Volusia Care Center, 4140 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halifax Health – Hospice Ormond Beach Care Center, 235 Booth Road, Ormond Beach, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 19
Orange Family YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange, 11 a.m.

April 20
My Doctor and I” Educational Program.  Deltona Public Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.,  Deltona, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 28
Ormond Beach Family YMCA, 500 Sterhaus Drive, Ormond Beach, 11 a.m.

During each of these activities, Halifax Health will distribute free copies of “Five Wishes,’’ an easy to use legal document that allows adults of all ages to plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill.

For more information about advance health care planning, call 386-222-4701.

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