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Open House set for National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and Niagara Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making; an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Niagara Hospice is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and to execute written advance directives in accordance with New York state laws.

In partnership with Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, an Open House will be held at their facility on April 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at 104 Old Niagara Road in Lockport that will include an Advance Care Planning program presented by Niagara Hospice. Pre-registration by April 12 is recommended for the free program and Open House that is open to the community.

At the Open House, Cheryl Ferguson, BSW, MSW and Niagara Hospice Medical Social Worker will explain Health Care Proxies (HCP), Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). Lisa Lundy, Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Admissions Director will discuss long term care services and provide facility tours following the program.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community have an opportunity to learn the importance of having thoughtful conversations about their healthcare wishes and to complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Cheryl Ferguson, BSW, MSW and Niagara Hospice Medical Social Worker. “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 be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.” Ferguson also stressed that Advance Directives are important for everyone age 18 and older.

Free forms will be available for anyone wishing to take home and discuss with their family members and complete. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided. Call Lisa Lundy of Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center at 434-6324 ext. 3049 by April 12 to register.

For more information visit the Event Calendar page at For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, visit

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