National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day

“It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” This year National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is April 16th through 22nd with an initiative to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Their primary goal is to get people talking and having the difficult conversations about wishes and preferences at end of life. Talking about end-of-life healthcare wishes is difficult even in the best of circumstances; however, making decisions for a loved one in an emergency is even more complicated.

End-of-life care planning is the process of making your healthcare wishes known, in the event that something should happen unexpectedly, leaving you unable to communicate your preferences and personal beliefs in healthcare. Part of the planning process includes completing advance directives, which is putting your preferences into writing.

These open conversations can reduce anxiety about a situation we are all subject to face.  If you have not completed your advance directives, now is the time to do so.  Get free tools and resources on guiding through this process here.

Kandice Dickinson
Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC
Fruitland, ID

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