There are too many “special” days with which to keep up, so I missed one this month that I wish I hadn’t -- National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16. Missing the day, however, does not mean we have to miss the point.
The day “exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.”
The 50-state annual initiative promotes providing “clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making.”
You can find tools for advance care planning on the NNDD’s web site.
All of us who have been involved with family and/or friends in dealing with difficult healthcare decisions understand the importance of this effort. It’s not a fun process to tackle, but it is an important one. The days of the need come much more quickly than any of us matter.