TENNESSEE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
During National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16 through 22, the Tennessee Advance Directive Coalition (TADC), also known as Honoring Choices Tennessee, launched an advance directive campaign in Tennessee. This campaign will be an ongoing initiative to raise awareness and start the conversation about advance care planning across the state.
The TADC includes THO, the state hospital association, medical association, nursing association, nursing home and assisted living association, Blue Cross, AARP, Commission on Aging and Disability, Department of Health, Q-Source, and the state End of Life Partnership. From our very own hospice community, we have had tremendous support from Hospice of Chattanooga and their foundation, as well as Mountain States Health Alliance's hospice leadership. Melissa Cooper, VP & CEO Home Health and Hospice at Mountain States Health Alliance has been named the new chair of the TADC board and Rod Robinson, Executive Director at Baptist Trinity Hospice, has also been elected to the board. Thanks to Melissa and Rob for their on-going support of this important and exciting initiative.
The TADC has developed a website for both the public and healthcare professionals to encourage discussions with loved ones about end-of-life preferences and, ultimately, completion of an advance directive.
Visit www.advancedirectivestn.org for more information.
The TADC will continue to develop tools and resources for employers, healthcare providers and communities to use to help get people to tell their story about what they want - and don't want - if they become unable to make those decisions on their own.