Welcome to House of Light, a blog produced and managed by the staff of Casa de la Luz Hospice. Casa de la Luz ("house of light" in Spanish) is a locally owned and operated hospice, serving the city and surrounding communities of Tucson, Arizona. Through this blog, we hope to offer education, information, and support about caregiving and hospice care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit the contact us page.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Make Your Healthcare Decisions Today

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, Casa de la Luz Foundation encourages the community to discuss advance healthcare decision-making with loved ones, ask questions, and fill out their Five Wishes booklet.  Individuals are invited to stop by the office of Casa de la Luz Hospice, 7740 N. Oracle Road, on April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for information regarding advance healthcare planning and to receive a complimentary copy of the Five Wishes, known as America’s most popular advance care planning form.

“This is very important,” said Jim MacKay, President of the Board for Casa de la Luz Foundation, “because fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and better able to honor patient wishes.”

Five Wishes is easy to use, written in layman’s terms, and contains the Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney. In simple terms, individuals can state their wishes, and Five Wishes is also legally recognized in the state of Arizona, once notarized,” said Carol Clark, Executive Director of Casa de la Luz Foundation. “The Foundation is pleased to have provided over 27,000 Five Wishes booklets, in both English and Spanish, free of charge to individuals during the past 11 years.”

Stop by the office of Casa de la Luz Hospice at 7740 N. Oracle Road to pick up a copy of Five Wishes, or request one online through the Casa de la Luz Foundation website.

National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. Learn more about NHDD at www.nhdd.org.

About Casa de la Luz Foundation 
Casa de la Luz Foundation enhances the mission of Casa de la Luz Hospice through the acquisition and disposition of funds to help transform the end of life experience into the final act of living well. The Foundation provides funding of supplemental support to hospice patients and their loved ones during end of life care. They also support education and research about end of life care. Learn more about Casa de la Luz Foundation at www.casafoundation.org or call 520-544-9890.

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