FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953
(Carson City, NV; April 16, 2014) — In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day today April 16, 2014, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller encourages Nevadans to file their advance directives in the Living Will Lockbox. National Healthcare Decisions Day raises public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions related to end-of-life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves, and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.
The Secretary of State’s office, Nathan Adelson Hospice, the Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, law firms, senior centers, hospitals, faith communities and other organizations throughout Nevada endorse this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing health care choices and executing advance directives.
Nevada’s Living Will Lockbox offers free electronic storage for living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders (DNRs), and other advance directives for end-of-life or emergency care in order to make those documents immediately available to health care providers. The Secretary of State’s office designed the secure, web-based registry to electronically store advance directive documents with password-restricted access. Advance directive documents typically contain such information as limitations on treatment, type or level of care, and organ or tissue donor instructions.
“National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages citizens to have conversations about their healthcare decisions and execute advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Miller. “The Living Will Lockbox allows fewer families and healthcare providers to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Advance directives are useless if they are not available when it is time for that treatment or care to be provided. Whenever necessary, authorized healthcare providers can easily access these documents quickly, resulting in better care for patients, and clear direction for healthcare providers. The Living Will Lockbox is about providing Nevadans with the assurance that their wishes regarding the course of their medical treatment will be made available.”
Nevadans can download the registration forms at www.LivingWillLockbox.com and send the completed forms and documents to be filed with the Living Will Lockbox to the Nevada Secretary of State. Those without internet access can request to receive the registration forms by mail by calling (702) 486-2887. Hospitals, hospices and other care giving institutions can also download registration forms online and mail or fax their completed forms to the Secretary of State’s office, which then sends a confirmation letter with log-in information.
Once registered, individuals will receive a wallet-size card with their password for accessing their advance directives. Changes to the documents may be made at any time through a simple procedure similar to the registration process.
Since its inception on March 25, 2008, more than 6,500 registrants, 50 hospitals and medical groups, and 50 law firms throughout Nevada use the Living Will Lockbox. The program is operated at no charge to the taxpayers of Nevada through grants and sponsorships.
For further information on how to file advance directives in the Lockbox, visit www.LivingWillLockbox.com, or contact the Secretary of State’s office at (775) 684-5708.
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