‘Nite of the Living Will’ covers end-of-life issues

William S. Richardson School of Law event

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly A. Creamer, 808-389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Oct 23, 2019

End-of-life care, especially for terminally ill patients, will be explored in the 2019 ‘Nite of the Living Will,’ a free, two-hour program at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law that offers the latest information to family caregivers, kupuna, and service providers.

Created by the law school’s Elder Law Program as a longstanding part of its commitment to serving elders, this year the popular session will be October 29, 3–5 p.m. in the School of Law’s just-finished Clinical Building. Materials will be provided and refreshments will be served.

While the session will emphasize end-of-life medical decision-making and advance care planning, it will also explore the new Hawai‘i law on medically-assisted dying that went into effect this year.

“This will help you communicate your wishes for end-of-life care, as well as to find out more about the new Hawai’i law,” said Professor James Pietsch, director of the UH Elder Law Program (UHELP) at the law school.

The new law—“Act 2, Our Care, Our Choice,” in the Hawai‛i Revised Statutes—allows mentally qualified patients with a medically confirmed terminal illness and fewer than six months to live, to decide their own medical care wishes.

It also allows a qualified patient to request and obtain a prescription to end his or her own life, said Pietsch.

This year’s program will also include issues including informed consent and informed refusal; surrogate decision-making; advance directives, including individual instructions for healthcare and durable powers of attorney for health care; and Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Law students, doctorate of nurse practice students, Social Work students, and fellows from the Department of Geriatric Medicine will attend as part of their studies, and other students and faculty members are invited to attend.

To save a seat, please call (808) 956-6544 or email: uhelp.edu@gmail.com because space is very limited. Parking is available for $5 in the Lot 20 parking structure.