National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions DayImagine you are in a hospital and you can’t speak, who will speak for you? 

If you aren’t able to swallow or breathe, what will happen to you? 

Without a plan, how will your healthcare providers know your wishes? 

We all hope to be able to communicate until the end, but it doesn’t always happen that way.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, marks the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages people to name a healthcare agent, express their wishes regarding their healthcare, and to have providers and facilities respect these wishes. 

Each year, attorneys across the state volunteer their time and talent on National Healthcare Decisions Day to aid anyone interested in the completion of their advance directive. Plus, The Missouri Bar has developed and makes available as a public service a "Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive" for use by the general public. This form is available online (http://www.mobar.org/publications/dpa/) and may be downloaded and/or copied as needed. 

Now is the time to put your end of life care wishes in place. According to studies cited by the National Healthcare Decisions Day organization, 9 out of every 10 Americans have heard of a living will, 3 of every 4 Americans have thought about their end of life preferences, but only 29% actually have a living will. Complete your living will this April 16. 

Below is a list of events volunteer attorneys are staffing on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Missouri communities. Lawyers in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield will be available to meet with the public this year at the following locations (more details to come):

 

SPRINGFIELD 
The Library Station                                           10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2535 N. Kansas Expressway
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 865-1340

The Library Center                                          10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810
(417) 882-0714

Brentwood Branch Library                               10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2214 Brentwood Blvd.
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 883-1974

 

KANSAS CITY AREA
Tallgrass Creek                                                10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
13770 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66223

ST. LOUIS AREA
The nursing facilities listed below are serving residents, families and staff. If interested in attending a clinic at one of these locations, please call first to check availability.

Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village                   2 - 4 p.m. 
4624 Lansdowne Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314)351-6888

Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village                  Noon - 2 p.m.
4005 Ripa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314)544-1111

Cedarcrest Manor                                          2 - 4 p.m. 
324 West  5th St.
Washington, MO  63090
(636)239-7848

Delmar Gardens North                                    2 - 4 p.m.
4401 Parker Rd.
Florissant, MO 63033
(314)355-1516

Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield                       2 - 4 p.m. 
14855 North Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636)532-0150

Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur                      2 - 4 p.m. 
850 Country Manor Lane
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314)434-5900

Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley                2 - 4 p.m.
#1 Arbor Terrace
Fenton, MO 63026
(636)343-0016 

Delmar Gardens of O’Fallon                              2 - 4 p.m.
7068 South Outer 364
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636)240-6100 

Delmar Gardens on the Green                          2 - 4 p.m.
15197 Clayton Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636)394-7515

Delmar Gardens South                                 2 - 4 p.m.
5300 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314)842-0588 

Delmar Gardens West                                    2 - 4 p.m. 
13550 South Outer 40 Road
Town & Country, MO 63017
(314)878-1330 

Festus Manor                                                 2 - 4 p.m.
627 Westwood South Drive
Festus, MO 63028
(636)931-9066

Grand Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center        2 - 4 p.m.
3645 Cook Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113
(314)531-2352

NHC Healthcare - Desloge                             10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
801 Brim St.
Desloge, MO 63601
(573)431-0223

NHC Healthcare - Town & Country                  2 - 4 p.m.
13995 Clayton Road
Town  & Country, MO 63017
(636)227-5070

Scenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center        2 - 4 p.m.
1333 Scenic Drive
Herculaneum, MO 63048
(636)931-2995