LCFH to give away free advance care planning packets on National Healthcare Decision Day

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice has a goal to give away 5,000 free advance directive planning packets for National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) on April 16.

NHDD encourages everyone to discuss and document healthcare choices so wishes are honored. LCFH’s Begin the Conversation program encourages everyone to do this before a crisis occurs.

LCFH will give away free kits containing information about advance directives, a Begin the Conversation toolkit, and resources to get free state-recognized advance care planning documents like healthcare power of attorney and living will forms. The public is invited to come by distribution sites on April 16 to get free packets.

There will be several distribution sites throughout New Hanover County: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center; 9-11 a.m. at Med North Clinic on North Fourth Street; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at New Hanover County Senior Center on College Road; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at four Port City Java locations; 8 a.m.-noon at Wilmington Health on Medical Center Drive and in Porter’s Neck; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the NAACP Health Fair at MLK Center on Eighth Street; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at K&W Cafeteria in Hanover Center; and throughout the day at four locations on the UNCW campus. Other locations may be added.

“LCFH’s Begin the Conversation toolkit is a fantastic resource, and every adult could benefit from using it,” Nathan Kottkamp, founder and chair of NHDD, said. “Indeed advance care planning should be intergenerational because there is a need for advance care planning regardless of age or current health status.”

Similar distributions will take place in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Pender and Onslow counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina on April 16.

For information about distribution sites and times, visit www.lcfh.org or contact Jason Clamme at 796-7943. For information about advance directives and documentation, visit www.begintheconversation.org. For information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit www.nhdd.org.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina, and Horry County in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.lcfh.org or facebook.com/lcfhospice.