Take charge of your healthcare decisions!

Erica Greenspan
MST Social Worker

Each April we recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the benefits of advance care planning. By putting your healthcare preferences in writing, you’re empowering a trusted family member or friend to convey your medical wishes to your healthcare providers, should you ever be unable to do so yourself. Join us on Monday, April 10th from 11:00-12:00 in the Encore Theater for Take Charge of Your Healthcare Decisions! – a presentation aimed to educate individuals on their rights to plan ahead. A panel of experts including representation from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office will be present for questions and answers. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the healthcare decisions that can be made prior to an unforeseen medical crisis. For example, who you’d want to speak to the medical team on your behalf; which types of medical treatment you do or do not want, etc.

Many of you have heard of items such as an Advanced Directive, a health care proxy, and the MOLST form; some of you may be hearing of them for the first time. Either way, our team is here to help you. As a follow up to this presentation, the Social Work team will be available in each IL lobby on Monday, April 17th to meet with residents who would like to know which of these documents are on file at Riderwood. Planning ahead does a great service for you – so that your wishes are known and followed and for your loved ones – who may be faced with making complex medical decisions in a pinch. Make your wishes known, join the movement!

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