Hospital staff helps families with living wills

Local - 4/16/2014 5:22 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Employees at a Raleigh County hospital want to make tough decisions a little easier on National Healthcare Decision Day.

On Wednesday Raleigh General Hospital medical professionals helped families complete their living wills and medical power of attorney forms. These legal documents designate a decision maker when an ill person can't do so on their own.

Staff urge families to have these conversations with each other and to discuss options with their physicians. Their goal is to make families feel more comfortable with these decisions.

"It's actually a favor you're doing to your family or to whomever you designate who will be responsible when the time comes to make those decisions because you've already let it be known what you want rather than them having to second guess," Vicki Silosky told WOAY.

Hospital staff told Newswatch that the state has started an e-registry program, which means medical records will be available throughout the state.


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