Make the tough decisions now

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a movement to educate the public and medical providers about the seriousness of advanced care planning.
There are many things to consider as we get older and decisions need to be made before it’s too late.
When a family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he or she should sit down with their spouses and children and discuss a living will. That way, an agonizing decision won’t need to be made at their loved one’s bedside.
In the event that a person becomes unable to make informed decisions, there needs to a designated power of attorney, someone the patient trusts to make decisions about their medical or legal situations.
Some seniors, when they reach a certain age, are unable to care for themselves in their own home. At that time, exploring the option of an assisted living facility may be necessary.
These topics and more will be discussed Friday at Highland Community Hospital.
The presentation will be last from 3 to 5 p.m. and the documentary “Nine to Ninety” will be played.
This is an important topic that should not be put off until it’s too late.
While discussing the end of someone’s life is not a pleasant topic, the fact remains that one day, God willing, we will reach our senior years.
However, in order for us to enjoy those years, it would be better to do so with a plan in place.
Anyone wishing to attend this event should sign up quickly, as space is limited. Contact Highland Hospital Patient Advocate Mary McKinley at 601-358-9444 or at
Although the event is free to attend, the information that will be provided is priceless.

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