Take charge of your healthcare decisions

By Ellen Lebedow

Senior Resident Services Manager

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 are 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.  This year at Riderwood, on Tuesday, April 24th from 6-7:30pm in Maryland Hall, we will have our Making Your Healthcare Decisions Known event. This presentation is aimed to educate individuals on their rights to plan ahead.  We are quite fortunate to have two expert speakers on the subject of advance planning that will join us on April 24th. Mr. Paul Ballard is the Maryland Assistant Attorney General and Dr. Tricia Tomsko Nay, M.D. is the Executive Director for the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. Both Mr. Ballard and Dr. Nay were part of the team that drafted the Maryland MOLST form with which many of you may be familiar. These experts will talk briefly about the importance of making our healthcare decisions known in writing and then there will be time 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 do you want to speak to the medical team on your behalf, which types of medical treatment do you want or do not want, etc….

In connection to and prior to this event, residents will have an opportunity to meet with the Resident Services team to review your individual healthcare documents, including your Advance directives, and Power of Attorney documents which, hopefully, are on file here at Riderwood. This Advance Care Planning document review will occur on Monday, April 16th.

• Village Square Lobby (upstairs): 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

• Lakeside Commons Lobby: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Town Center lobby: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

• Montgomery Station lobby: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact the Resident Services office at 301-572-8339.

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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