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MWH to explain advance directives

directiveMary Washington Healthcare will recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day  on April 16 by hosting free events to show people how to document their health care wishes in case they ever become unable to communicate.

The public is invited to the Mary Washington Hospital atrium or the Stafford Hospital lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive information and get assistance with advance health care planning.

Mary Washington Healthcare Associates will be on hand to explain advance directives, answer questions and help with forms. Long and short versions, as well as forms in Spanish, will be available. Refreshments will be served.

Advance planning helps to minimize conflict within families, who may be faced with difficult decisions when a loved one’s wishes are unknown. Written advance directives enable health care facilities and providers to give gravely ill patients the type and amount of care they would want.

By resolving care issues with an advance directive before a health crisis occurs, a patient’s wishes can be honored by family members and carried out by their medical providers.

Visit the webpage to learn more about advance directives and find the short version of the advance health care directive form.

Questions about the event? Call Health Link at 540/741-1404 or 800/722-2788.

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