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Senior Men's Club of New Canaan to hear about end-of-life planning

Published 5:45 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Diana Locke will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26t, about the program known as "Plan for No Regrets."

In response to a need for more community education around end-of-life planning, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County developed a program known as "Plan for No Regrets" in 2010. Led by a registered nurse with more than 30 year of hospice and palliative care experience, this community-based program is appropriate for adults of all ages.

Participants receive important information about Connecticut's laws around end-of-life planning, the appointment of a health care representative, an explanation of "life-sustaining treatments" and how to complete advance directives and make them legal, according to a release.

The Federal Patient Self-Determination Act of 1991 requires U.S. health care institutions to ask patients about their end-of-life wishes at the time of admission.

Yet, each day, thousands of important end-of-life decisions are being made without the benefit of advance planning and are generally inconsistent with the patients' preferences for or against life-sustaining treatment.

Locke, who has a bachelor's degree in nursing, has worked as an oncology nurse since 1981. In 2007, she joined Mid Fairfield Hospice, now part of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, where she has provided in-home, professional care for the last five years. A graduate of Columbia University, she is a resident of Darien.

The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open to new members. For information, visit www.smcnc.org or call Membership Chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.