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Haven Hospice hosted a Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce mixer last week in support of National Healthcare Decisions Day. Decisions Day is a nation-wide initiative to encourage individuals to make their healthcare choices known to family, friends and healthcare providers.
“One of our (Haven) goals is to educate the community about what advance directives are and their importance,” said Patrick Allen, Administrator of Haven Hospice. “We want the community to understand that advance directives are not just for people who have a life limiting illness.”
Allen cited a Pew Research Center study in which: 71-percent of Americans have thought about their end-of-life treatment preferences; 95-percent have heard of a living will; and only 29-percent have a living will.
“National Healthcare Decision Day aims to help Americans understand that an advance directive, or living will, lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you are not able to speak for yourself,” he said.