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National Healthcare Decisions Day

Imagine you are in a hospital and you can’t speak, who will speak for you?

If you aren’t able to swallow or breathe, what will happen to you?

Without a plan, how will your health care providers know your wishes?

We all hope to be able to communicate until the end, but it doesn’t always happen that way.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, marks the Ninth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages people to name a health care agent, express their wishes regarding their health care, and to have providers and facilities respect these wishes.

Each year, lawyers across the state volunteer their time and talent on National Healthcare Decisions Day to aid anyone interested in the completion of their advance directive. Plus, The Missouri Bar has developed and makes available as a public service a “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive” for use by the general public. This free form is available online here and may be downloaded and/or copied as needed.

Now is the time to put your end-of-life care wishes in place. According to studies cited by the National Healthcare Decisions Day organization, 9 out of every 10 Americans have heard of a living will, 3 of every 4 Americans have thought about their end-of-life preferences, but only 29% actually have a living will. Complete your living will this April 16.


Free Clinics to Help Complete Your Form

Below is a list of events volunteer lawyers are staffing Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Missouri communities. Please note the only exception is the Kansas City event which will be held Thursday, April 14. Lawyers in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City will be available to meet with the public this year at the following locations:

Heisinger Bluffs                                                                                           10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1002 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Coordinated by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

The Library Center                                                                                     9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810
(417) 882-0714

KANSAS CITY AREA ***Thursday, April 14***
Samuel Rodgers Health Center-Downtown Campus                             ***Thursday, April 14*** 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
825 Euclid Ave., Room A
Kansas City, MO 64124

ST. LOUIS AREA (St. Louis City and St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles counties)
The nursing facilities listed below are serving residents, families and staff. If interested in attending a clinic at one of these locations, please call first to check availability.

All clinics will take place from 1 – 3 p.m.

Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village
4624 Lansdowne Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village
4005 Ripa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63125

Cedarcrest Manor
324 West  5th St.
Washington, MO  63090

Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield
14855 North Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Delmar Gardens Villas Chesterfield
14901 North Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur
850 Country Manor Lane
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Delmar Gardens on the Green
15197 Clayton Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Delmar Gardens O’Fallon
7068 South Outer 364
O’Fallon, MO 63366

Delmar Gardens Villas O’Fallon
7092 South Outer 364
O’Fallon, Missouri 63368

Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley
#1 Arbor Terrace
Fenton, MO 63026

Delmar Gardens North
4401 Parker Rd.
Florissant, MO 63033

Delmar Gardens Villas North
4505 Parker Road
Florissant, MO 63033
(314) 355-6100

Delmar Gardens South
5300 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis, MO 63128

Delmar Gardens Villas South
13457 Tesson Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-7788

Delmar Gardens West
13550 South Outer 40 Road
Town & Country, MO 63017

Delmar Gardens Villas West
13590 South Outer 40 Road
Town & Country, MO 63017
(314) 434-2520

Festus Manor
627 Westwood South Drive
Festus, MO 63028

Grand Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
3645 Cook Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113

NHC Healthcare – Desloge
801 Brim St.
Desloge, MO 63601

NHC Healthcare – Town & Country
13995 Clayton Road
Town & Country, MO 63017

Scenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
1333 Scenic Drive
Herculaneum, MO 63048

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