Community event offering tools for advance care planning taking place on April 22
Main Line Health, along with the Delaware County Community Coalition (DC3), Community Care Coalition of Chester County (C5) and the Tri-County Community Care Coalition (TC4), and other national, state and community organizations, are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 to April 22, 2017 being National Healthcare Decisions Week. As a participating member of DC3, C5 and TC4, Main Line Health will host an event on Saturday, April 22, from 12:30–2:30 pm at the Main Line Health Corporate Office (240 North Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA, 19087).
The event will highlight the importance of advance care planning, offering information and tools to encourage participants to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers. It will offer attendees the opportunity to execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Pennsylvania state laws. Terre Mirsch, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA , director of Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice will present at the event. Lunch will be provided.
“Main Line Health is committed to providing health and wellness resources to members in the communities we serve,” says Karl Ahlswede, MD, medical director of palliative care at Main Line Health. “Advance care planning often involves very difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations about the care you wish to receive if you became unable to speak for yourself. These crucial conversations can help you make decisions based on your personal values and preferences, and can reduce uncertainty and confusion for your loved ones when these decisions need to be made. It’s beneficial to have these conversations with your physician and other members of your health care team so that you can be informed and confident in your care planning options for the future.”
Because of National Healthcare Decisions Week, many more people in our communities can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known.