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Davis Memorial Hospital Hosts Heath Care Decisions Day
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 16, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on April 16, 2013 @ 4:36PM
 
We all have decisions to make about what we want in our wills, and what kind of care we'd like to have when we're older.

That's why a group of people from Davis Memorial Hospital were helping people make those choices during Health Care Decisions Day.
 
But, why is this so important? Many people don't write their living will's out or don't make their wishes known to their family or doctors, and that sometimes causes a problem. If they don't know what you want, your family is often faced with difficult decisions.

That's because your doctor's will give them options of what to do for you, and they might not know what your wishes are. If you don't give them options, doctors will try everything they can to keep you alive. Some people don't want that, and will instead opt to only take measures to keep them comfortable.
 
That's why family members and doctors need to know this before anything would happen to you, and that's why it's so important to write out your wishes now.
 
"I think what happens is people think they need to wait until they're much older, and so it can happen when you're very young or when you're older that you become unconscious and you aren't able to make those decisions. You really want that person you trust to make those wishes you've put down in writing to come through. You don't want doctor driven measures done, you don't want to suffer, you don't want pain, so these will make sure you get exactly what you want," said Pam Smithson, Director of Clinical Programs at Davis Memorial Hospital.

It's not too late to make these wills. If you're interested, you can call Smithson at Davis Memorial Hospital. Her number is (304)-637-3337.

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