Cabell Huntington Hospital will host a free advance directives event Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help the public prepare the appropriate documents for important medical decisions.
The Cabell Huntington Hospital Social Work and Pastoral Care departments have partnered with Hospice of Huntington to help people create, change or review living wills and medical powers of attorney. Representatives will be available to assist with their documents in the ground floor atrium that connects Cabell Huntington Hospital to the Marshall University Clinical Practice Center.
Advance directives provide valuable information to family members, healthcare professionals and friends when a patient is too ill or injured to make decisions. By preparing for those times with advanced directives, end-of-life care can be carried out just as a patient wishes while avoiding confusion. A living will can help outline a person's views on medical care provided by breathing machines and feeding tubes or organ and tissue donation. A medical power of attorney can assist family or friends by providing written instructions as to who should be responsible for healthcare decisions if the patient is not capable of making them.
"It is a gift to your family to have this important paperwork prepared in the event you become ill and need decisions made on your behalf," said Rev. Dr. David C. Johnson, director of Pastoral Care at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
No appointment is necessary; help is offered on a first come, first served basis.