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Your Decisions Matter

Honoring Care Decisions at New London Hospital

Discussing end-of-life care can be a difficult and overwhelming              Free Workshops:
conversation to initiate. However, taking the time to consider
your wishes while you are healthy not only helps ensure they                 Advance Health
are honored in the event that you cannot speak for yourself, but             Care Directives
allows your family and health care providers to understand your
goals as well.                                                            4th Monday of each month
                                                                                  12:00 - 1:00 PM
At NLH we recognize how important it is to discuss your thoughts
and values about end-of-life care. In 2016 NLH began working with          Helm Conference Room,
patients and their families to have these important discussions              New London Hospital
through the Honoring Care Decisions (HCD) program. HCD
promotes meaningful conversations with family and health care                    Registration required
providers, advance care planning and the completion of advance
directives—a legal document that states the medical care you want            To register for a workshop
to have if you cannot communicate your wishes.                                or an individual meeting,
                                                                               contact 603-526-5093 or
NLH has six trained advance care planning facilitators available
to meet with patients and their families free of charge. Your                    wellness.connection@
facilitator will help you to reflect on your goals for end-of-life care,
understand various possible health care situations and choose a
health care agent/Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. They
will also help you document your goals in an advance directive.

If you’re interested in starting the conversation today, please call or
email to set up a meeting with an advance care planning facilitator
at NLH or NHC.

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