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Niagara Hospice hosts health care planning event

LOCKPORT – Saturday is National Health Care Decisions Day, and to recognize the importance of making our health care wishes known, Niagara Hospice will host an advance care planning program at 2 p.m. Tuesday in its administrative building, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport.

Advance registration for the free program is required by Monday by calling 280-0742.

Cheryl Ferguson, a Niagara Hospice medical social worker, will explain health care proxies, living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Free forms will be available.

“As a result of National Health Care Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” Ferguson said. “Fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and health care providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis, and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”