PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (March 26, 2014) – It is time to start thinking about an important document on National Healthcare Decisions Day.
The Hook Law Group and Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care is hosting a caregiver luncheon called “Life Planning and Healthcare Decisions” as part of its National Healthcare Decisions Day activities. This special seminar takes place at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio on April 16 starting at 11:30 a.m. Panelists include Joan Nelson Hook, from Hook Law Group, and GHPPC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles L. Suggs, III, as they discuss and answer questions about the importance of advance directives, life planning and much more. For more information about this seminar, call 727-484-7933.
Gulfside and Hook Law Group are also partnering to provide free living wills to the community on Wednesday, April 16 at three locations including:
• The Hook Law Group offices, located at 4918 Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to distribute and answer questions about statutory living wills
• Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care staff will be at GHPPC’s Corporate Resource Center office, located at 2061 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes from 9 a.m. – noon distributing living wills
• Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care staff will be at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, located at 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, from 2 – 5 p.m. distributing living wills
“Any person over the age of 18 is entitled to make their own decision regarding end of life issues by signing a living will,” said Joan Nelson Hook from The Hook Law Group. “We will offer free statutory living wills as a public service on this special day.”
National Healthcare Decisions Day is in its seventh year and was established to encourage advance care planning for all adults with decision-making capacity. Only a small minority of Americans have executed advance directives. National Healthcare Decisions Day mobilizes national, state, and community organizations, healthcare providers, and other key stakeholders to promote awareness, completion, and discussion of advance directives.
“Advance care planning enables individuals to consider, discuss and document health care decisions before a crisis occurs,” said Linda Ward, GHPPC president and CEO. “We are lucky to partner with the Hook Law Group in helping to provide advance directives to our community on this very important day.”
The Hook Law Group specializes in the area of Elder Law and Inter-generational issues affecting families as they confront the challenges of aging. For more information about The Hook Law Group, call 727-842-1001 or visit online at www.elderlawcenter.com.
Gulfside Hospice, initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 350 patients daily. GH employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. Pasco Palliative Care, initially licensed in 2009, serves Pasco County residents facing chronic illness, who are not hospice appropriate or still seeking curative treatment. For more information about GHPPC, call 800-561-4883 or visit www.ghppc.org.