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On Valentine’s Day, consider the gift of peace of mind

January 24, 2019 News Releases

This Valentine’s Day, consider foregoing jewelry, chocolate and flowers for a gift with a different kind of value: an advance care plan. Advance care planning is a unique but important way to give the people in your life the greatest gift of all: peace of mind and the comfort of knowing that you’ll be cared for during life’s pivotal moments compassionately and respectfully.

Advance care planning, which includes creating an advance directive or living will, is a process that defines your goals and wishes as they relate to health care. An advance care plan will require answering important questions about your desired quality of life, who you’d like to serve as your health care surrogate and more. An advance care plan provides vital information to clinicians and loved ones if you are unable to communicate for yourself.

“An advance care plan is a way to ensure that you get the medical care you want should you become unable to speak for yourself,” explains Karl Ahlswede, MD, medical director of palliative care at Main Line Health. “Conversations about end-of-life care can be sad, difficult or uncomfortable, but these are important and necessary conversations to have. By approaching these conversations from a place of love and regard for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, hopefully we can turn this topic from something taboo into something that is a part of every relationship.”

Main Line Health’s ‘Your Life. Your Way.’ advance care planning kit aims to make discussions around advance care planning easier to have. This free kit is available for download online, and can help guide conversations between you and your loved ones about the critical decisions involved in end-of-life care.

Ready to talk about advance care planning? We can help you start the conversation. Download one (or all four!) of our Valentine’s Day cards (PDF) to help you let your loved ones know that advance care planning is an important and meaningful gift for you.

Visit mainlinehealth.org/acp or call 484.580.1234 to receive your free Advance Care Planning Kit. Main Line Health will also host a seminar on advance care planning on Wednesday, February 27 at Bryn Mawr Hospital at 5:00 pm.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.