Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself? Could a loved one correctly communicate your wishes in case of a serious event? Is your physician informed of your health care decisions?
These questions highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making. Senior ER, Spiritual Care and their committee at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, STARForUM (Safe Transition of All Residents for yoU and Me), will host a fun, interactive and educational session on getting the conversation started with family and loved ones. This evening session is presented as a series of one-act vignettes and features songs, rhyme and story-telling muppets. The event coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide initiative to promote advance healthcare planning and directives. The event is free and open to the public.
How Will Your Story End? will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the South Auditorium at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, 36475 Five Mile Road, Livonia.
“Many know the importance of expressing their healthcare wishes to family and loved ones, but many struggle with how to start the conversation,” said Michelle Moccia, MSN, ANP-BC, CCRN, Program Director, Senior ER, St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “When a person’s health care wishes are known, families and health care providers don't have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. 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. It’s time to start the conversation that makes a difference.”
The event is free but registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, please call 734-655-8950.