Visiting Nurses offers program on advanced directives

(Darien News Online) The majority of adults report they approve of laws allowing them to be involved in their healthcare choices at the end of life. Yet, each day in the U.S., thousands of critically important end-of-life decisions are being made without the benefit of advanced planning, according to New Canaan’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

Visiting Nurses will present a program called Plan for No Regrets on Wednesday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at theLapham Community Center in Waveny Park in New Canaan. The program will provide important information about Connecticut’s advanced directives law, the appointment of a health care representative, and how to go about completing your own advanced directive.

An advance directive is a written legal document listing who you wish to make medical decisions for you if you are ever unable to speak for yourself. It can also outline what treatments you would, or would not, want at that time.

“Adults often discuss their wishes informally with family members but they delay the completion of a written advanced directive,” Christine Pfeffer, hospice director at Visiting Nurse & Hospice, said. “This delay can lead to situations in which family members must make intuitive guesses about what their loved one would want at the end of life. Sadly, there are times when family members disagree about what their loved one would want, and intense personal and legal battles can ensue.”

The program, Plan for No Regrets, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, or to register to attend, call the Lapham Community Center at 203-594-3620.

A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County.

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