To the editor,
When we plan ahead and document our end of life wishes it takes the burden off of our family and friends. None of us want our loved one to struggle with whether or not they had made the right decision in a crisis situation. In North Carolina, you can document your wishes by either completing a Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, or by completing a Five Wishes Booklet. Also, Lawyers are not needed in the State of North Carolina. In our state, you only need two witnesses who are not blood relatives and a notary present. Further, a lot of banks will notarize for a small fee. Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care has recently been informed that in 2016 Medicare will give your physician an option to bill for Advance Care Planning. At Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, we can assist individuals with filling out advance directives for free. Also, we can come and offer programs on Advance Care Planning to groups such as churches for free. You can call us at our Mountain Valley Hospice office at 336-679-2466 to set up a time to get your advance directives completed. Our wishes at the end of life matter and we should make them known. Remember, we are all responsible for initiating this very important topic. By completing one of these legal forms, you will give peace of mind to your loved ones.
Amy Wilhelm, BSW, Hospice Liaison