KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Covenant Health is taking part in a national effort to highlight the importance of making advance health care decisions. National Healthcare Decisions Day is Saturday, April 16. The day before, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a booth in the lobbies of Fort Sanders, Parkwest and Methodist medical centers with information about advance care planning, hospice and palliative care.
“If family members have discussed options in advance it makes it easier to provide the most appropriate and compassionate care possible,” says David Bluford, a longtime chaplain at Covenant’s Health’s Parkwest Medical Center. “Just because we can do more treatments or procedures, it is not always the most beneficial or even best option considering the circumstances.”
On National Healthcare Decisions Day, all Americans are encouraged to ensure their future health care choices are known and protected. An advance directive is a legal document that tells health care providers who you want to make medical decisions for you and what treatments you would want or not want, if you are ever not able to tell us what you want for yourself.
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