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.