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GCMH recognizes national healthcare decisions day on April 16

April 11, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH), along with other national and state agencies, is joining in the efforts, to stress the importance of advance healthcare decision-making on National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th.

There are a few steps to consider when looking at Advance Care Planning:

1) Learn about treatment options. (We cannot know what the future may have in store, we can however, have a basic knowledge of various life-saving and life-sustaining options that would be considered if there were ever a need. Talk with your doctor or another trusted health professional about your concerns, questions.)

2) Think about your values. (What is most valuable to you? What gives you quality of life?)

3) Talk about your decisions (Share your decisions/preferences with your loved ones and healthcare professionals.)

4) Document your wishes. (Advance Directives are legal forms that ensure your wishes are carried out. There are two types in Iowa, the Healthcare Power of Attorney and the Living Will.)

On April 16th, GCMH is encouraging everyone to start thinking about this important healthcare tool. Staff will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide resources and answer any questions. A notary public is also available to help complete these documents on-site if desired (photo ID is required). These services will be offered at no cost. Please contact Kristi Barnett, Social Worker at (319) 824-4129 with any questions or to schedule a time.



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