Harris Regional Hospital provides community resources for advance directives

October 26, 2016

SYLVA N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to provide the community with resources to create a living will, commonly known as ‘advance directives’. Members of the LifePath Palliative Care team can assist the community with completing the ‘Five Wishes’ document to inform family and friends on one’s preferences related to personal, spiritual, medical, and legal choices at the end of life. More than 25 million people across the country have chosen to complete the ‘Five Wishes’ document to express important wishes to loved ones, according to the website www.agingwithdignity.com.

The ‘Five Wishes’ document lets family, physicians, and friends know:

  • Who you want to make healthcare decisions for you when you can’t make them
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want
  • How comfortable you want to be
  • How you want people to treat you
  • What you want your loved ones to know

Members of the LifePath Palliative Care team are available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to meet with individuals interested in completing the ‘Five Wishes’ document. Call (828) 586-7713 for an appointment and assistance. Visit the following link to complete the document: http://www.myharrisregional.com/5wishes

A division of Harris Regional Hospital, Harris LifePath Palliative Care is a community leader in comprehensive palliative care and high-quality end-of-life care, providing pain management, symptom control, spiritual care, psychosocial support, and counseling services to patients and their families when faced with life-limiting illness. With a dedicated staff of professionals and medical providers, Harris LifePath serves patients across Jackson, Macon, Swain, Graham, Cherokee, Clay, and Haywood counties in all settings of care.