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Apr 23, 2021

We all need to designate someone to speak for us when we can’t voice our healthcare wishes.  Now is the best time to choose your healthcare proxy.  A healthcare proxy, or medical power of attorney, acts as an advocate for the needs of a patient in alignment with the patient’s desires. It’s important to have the correct legal documents in place for where you live so be sure to find out what forms are required in your area or state.  Your proxy or MPOA should be willing and able to act on your behalf.  Having conversations before the proxy has to act is crucial - no one will know what you want if you don’t tell them.  Discuss it, document it, and share it with your healthcare team and family.  The sponsor for today’s episode is Hospice of Southern Maine, the sponsor for the 10th annual Thresholds Conference coming up on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:30pm EST.  Registration is only $35, and the conference features hospice industry icons Barbara Karnes and Dr. B.J. Miller.  You won’t want to miss this virtual affordable opportunity! Visit the Hospice of Southern Maine website to learn more and reserve your spot at the Thresholds Conference.  Find more support for your hospice journey at  Whether you’re a personal caregiver, a patient, or a hospice professional, or a healthcare profession student, The Heart of Hospice provides information to educate, support, and encourage you.  If you’re interested in having Jerry or Helen speak at your conference or event,  send an email to  We’re honored to support your hospice journey!