Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 8, 2010)---With November being National Hospice Palliative Care Month, it is a good time to think about your future health needs and what will happen if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. While we all hope we have many years to think about such things, the reality is that serious illnesses or accidents can happen at any time.
Advance directives are documents that allow you to provide instructions for your health care in case you are not able to communicate to your medical provider. Advance directives also include a medical power of attorney that designates an individual to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
Annette Carron, D.O., Botsford Hospital’s Geriatrics Program Director and Medical Director of the Botsford Senior Assessment Center at the Botsford Commons Senior Community, says, “The medical power of attorney should be someone who can uphold your wishes. The person must be strong enough to make tough decisions that you would have chosen for yourself if you were able.”
Carron continues, “Everyone over 18 should have an advance directive and share their wishes with their medical power of attorney. You should also communicate your wishes with your health care provider, provide them with a copy of your advance directive and keep a copy for yourself.”
Many resources are available online to provide assistance to individuals and their families. Dawn Doyle, BA, LBSW, Social Service Coordinator at the Botsford Commons Senior Community, created a Web site, www.constantjourney.org to help seniors and their families looking for choices and information through education, practical assistance and community resources. Doyle says, “Sometimes people are overwhelmed by all the information provided when they are going through a health crisis. Online resources can be great tools to help people prepare for future needs.”
Dr. Carron also recommends the following resources when working on your advance directive:
Botsford Hospital’s admitting office has advance directive forms available by calling (248) 471-8493. Forms are also available through Botsford’s patient rights office at (248) 471-8696.
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.
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