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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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, marks the 8th 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, attorneys 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 on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Missouri communities. Lawyers in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield will be available to meet with the public this year at the following locations:

SPRINGFIELD
Coordinated by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

The Library Station                                           10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2535 N. Kansas Expressway
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 865-1340

The Library Center                                          10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810
(417) 882-0714

Brentwood Branch Library                               10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2214 Brentwood Blvd.
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 883-1974

KANSAS CITY AREA
Gladstone Community Center                              2 – 5 p.m.
7010 N. Holmes
Gladstone, MO 64118

LIKEME® Lighthouse 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Small Conference Room
3909 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

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.

Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village                   2 – 6 p.m.
4624 Lansdowne Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314)351-6888

Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village                 2 – 5 p.m.
4005 Ripa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314)544-1111

Cedarcrest Manor                                          2 – 6 p.m.
324 West  5th St.
Washington, MO  63090
(636)239-7848

Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield                            6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
14855 North Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636)532-0150

Delmar Gardens Villas Chesterfield                             1 – 3 p.m.
14901 North Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636)532-9296

Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur                               6:30-8:30 p.m.
850 Country Manor Lane
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314)434-5900

Delmar Gardens on the Green                                    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
15197 Clayton Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636)394-7515

Delmar Gardens O’Fallon                                          6:30-8:30 p.m.
7068 South Outer 364
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636)240-6100

Delmar Gardens Villas O’Fallon                                   1-3 p.m.
7092 South Outer 364
O’Fallon, Missouri 63368
(636)240-5560

Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley                                6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
#1 Arbor Terrace
Fenton, MO 63026
(636)343-0016

Delmar Gardens North                                                    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
4401 Parker Rd.
Florissant, MO 63033
(314)355-1516

Delmar Gardens Villas North                                                    1 – 3 p.m.
4505 Parker Road
Florissant, MO 63033
(314) 355-6100

Delmar Gardens South                                                     6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
5300 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314)842-0588

Delmar Gardens Villas South                                                    1-3 p.m.
13457 Tesson Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-7788

Delmar Gardens West                                                       6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
13550 South Outer 40 Road
Town & Country, MO 63017
(314)878-1330

Delmar Gardens Villas West                                              1-3 p.m.
13590 South Outer 40 Road
Town & Country, MO 63017
(314) 434-2520

Festus Manor                                                                           2 – 6 p.m.
627 Westwood South Drive
Festus, MO 63028
(636)931-9066

Grand Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center                           2 – 6 p.m.
3645 Cook Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113
(314)531-2352

Junior League of St. Louis 2 – 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
106 N Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122

NHC Healthcare – Desloge                                                                2 – 6 p.m.
801 Brim St.
Desloge, MO 63601
(573)431-0223

NHC Healthcare – Town & Country                                                   2-6 p.m.
13995 Clayton Road
Town & Country, MO 63017
(636)227-5070

Scenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center                                              2 – 6 p.m.
1333 Scenic Drive
Herculaneum, MO 63048
(636)931-2995

Saint Louis University School of Law                                               11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
11th Floor, 100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101

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