In conjunction with National Health Care Decision Day on Wednesday, April 16, St Luke’s will host events at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center and St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center to allow local residents to speak with St. Luke’s experts about advance care planning.
A 2006 study from the Pew Research Center found that although 71 percent of Americans have thought about their end of life treatment preference, only 29 percent have advance directives in place.
The benefits of completing directives include ensuring your wishes concerning treatment will be communicated to your medical team in case you are unable to express them yourself. These documents can be valuable to family and friends by helping them understand what your wishes for health care are in the event you cannot communicate them.
At the free St. Luke’s events, community members can receive assistance in filling out advance care documents such as living wills, power of attorney for health care, and the Idaho Physicians Order for Scope of Treatment (P.O.S.T.). Documents for advanced planning will be available at the events.
The goal of the events will be to provide the residents of the Treasure Valley an opportunity to receive education and information needed to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.