LEXINGTON, N.C. (April 1, 2019) – Davidson County Senior Services, Hospice of Davidson County and Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center are encouraging Davidson County residents to make their healthcare wishes known.
In conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), the group is hosting a series of five free events April 10, 16 and 18 designed to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.
Each participating organization will be providing free information and tools for the public to discuss personal healthcare wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives in accordance with North Carolina state laws. Healthcare decision forms and notaries will be available free of charge with no appointment needed.
The following free events are open to anyone 18 and up:
- April 10 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. located at Thomasville Parks and Rec Senior Club (205 E Main St, Thomasville)
- April 16 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. located at Hospice of Davidson County (200 Hospice Way, Lexington)
- April 16 at 7 p.m. located at Emmanuel Baptist Church (204 Turner St, Thomasville)
- April 18 from 11 am – 1 pm located at the Davidson County Governmental Center – 4th Floor Commissioners Board Room (913 Greensboro St, Lexington)
- April 18 from 5:30 – 7 pm located at Denton Public Library (310 W Salisbury St, Denton)
“Senior Services is excited to partner again this year with Hospice of Davidson County and Novant Health to bring this opportunity to the community,” said Christie Smith Senior Center Manager. “All of the partnering agencies want to stress that completing your advance directives is not something that is relevant only to the aging population. A health crisis can occur at any age.
“Communicating your last wishes now may be a gift to your family when you are no longer able to speak for yourself,” she added.
Advance care planning is a decision-making process that enables individuals to have a clear voice in their future healthcare and make their medical treatment preferences known in the event they become seriously ill or injured.
Advance directives are legal documents that express wishes to family, friends and health care professionals.
Having advance directives in place, including documents such as a healthcare power of attorney and living will, can help prevent any confusion and doubts about medical treatment preferences. Advance directives only go into effect if an individual can no longer speak for themselves.
For more information on the Healthcare Decisions Day events contact Davidson County Senior Services at (336) 242-2290, Hospice of Davidson County at (336) 475-5444 or Novant Health at (336) 476-2442,
On behalf of Hospice of Davidson County
About Hospice of Davidson County:
For more than 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region. Each day, the ACHC accredited agency provides comfort for more than 140 patients and their families, in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, the onlyinpatient hospicefacility in Davidson County. For more information, please visit hospiceofdavidson.org or Facebook.
About Davidson County Senior Services:
Senior Services, a division of Davidson County Government, was established in 1975. The organization’s mission is to offer an array of programs and services to older adults regarding their well-being, independence, involvement in their community and the ability for them to remain in their own home. For more information, please visit www.co.davidson.nc.us/seniorservices/
About Novant Health:
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 26,000 employees that provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2016, the health system provided more than $725.5 million in community benefit, including charity care and services.