Advance directives are something no one wants to think about – but they can be a valuable resource when they’re needed most. In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016, CoxHealth is sponsoring two opportunities for people to prepare these documents with the help of professionals. Notaries will also be available free of charge to assist in completing the necessary paper work to assign a Designated Power of Attorney.
“It is important for any adult to have a Designated Power of Attorney because, unfortunately, we never know when something might happen and we are unable to make decisions about our own healthcare,” says Janice Briggs, chronic disease coordinator for CoxHealth. “In my line of work, I’ve seen many people who have been injured or become too ill to make decisions about their own care. When these documents are already in place, it eliminates one more thing for the family to deal with during an already stressful time. For the patient, this ensures you have a voice about your care, even when you can’t make that decision on your own.”
The opportunities to prepare Advance Directives and Designated Power of Attorney will be available on:
- Wednesday, April 13 from 12 – 6 p.m. at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield)
- Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during Safe and Sound Saturday (Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield)
The service will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and the process takes about 15 minutes to complete. A valid photo ID is required. Once completed, individuals will receive a notarized copy to distribute to healthcare providers and family members.
For more information about this event, call 417-269-3903.