National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16

Apr 13, 2018

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.

The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.

We encourage our patients to complete their own advance directive documents, but it can be a difficult topic to think about. To help you get started, a free, comprehensive advance care planning starter kit is available from The Conversation Project. Conversation Starter Kits are available in multiple languages, plus you can download special-focus kits on how to choose a health care proxy, Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, and how to talk to your doctor.

If you have completed your advance directive and health care proxy, please provide a copy to your primary care physician so it can be added to your medical record. It is also a good idea to provide a copy to your local hospital.

For more information:

Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement – End of Life Choices

The Conversation Project