National Healthcare Decisions Day Event

Bailey Kach

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Whether you are 18 or 118, the best time to make a healthcare decision is when you’re not in a health crises.

In honor of Healthcare Decisions Day, the Regional Health Services Social Services Team will be standing by to help RHSHC staff and the public navigate what decisions they can make now to help themselves, and their families, down the road.

Regional Health’s Senior Director of Behavioral Health, Hospice Social Work Team, and Hospital Social Worker will be on hand to provide one-on-one or family support on a variety of topics including:

    • Completing a basic Medical Power of Attorney, Financial Power of Attorney, Five Wishes, or Living Will Document.
    • Information about Five Wishes, planning books, and other tools to help your loved ones make decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.
    • Details on how to select and pay for a long-term care facility.
    • Information on advance planning for hospice care.
    • Answers to any questions you have about planning for future healthcare decisions.
    • Notarize documents.

Please note: individuals looking to have documents notarized must bring a government issued photo ID. Please do not sign the document before talking to the team at the event.

If you need assistance with a healthcare decision topic or have questions about these topics, please stop in on April 16, anytime between 9:30AM – 1:30PM. This event will take place in the new Laura Rose Conference Room (previously West Conference Room) at Regional Health Services of Howard County at 235 8th Ave W, Cresco, IA. Visitors may enter through either the Main Entrance or new Clinic Entrance.