Medical Monday: National Health Care Decisions Day

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — On this Medical Monday, Dr. Patrick Baroco, from Augusta Health, talks about National Health Care Decisions Day and the importance of having a living will.

The day is recognized on April 16, and it is a day that Baroco encourages people to set aside and think about advanced care planning, which includes completing an advanced directive (a living will).

Baroco says having an advanced directive will allow your family and medical treatment team know what you would or would not want in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. An advanced directive would address things, including staying on life support or not, and being on a ventilator or not.

Baroco recommends the website Prepare For Your Care to help walk you through an advanced directive. He says you can do it all online, print it out and have it witnessed by two people. Baroco says then you need to take the time to talk with your family about what you've documented and why.

You can find more about National Health Care Decisions Day and the importance of a living will by calling (540) 332-4742 or visiting their website.