It’s never too early to talk about advance care planning, and National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a helpful reminder that now is the perfect time to make a plan. NHDD is an initiative from The Conversation Project that emphasizes the importance of health care planning and invites the public and health care providers to talk about their end-of-life wishes and even create advance care plans of their own. This year’s NHDD event is a week long, from April 16-22.
End-of-life care is something we all think about, and the majority of people think it’s important to talk about. Yet only 27% of us actually start the conversation. Health care providers also have a critical role in having vital conversations about end-of-life wishes.
NHDD gives people the opportunity — and key calendar dates — to speak up and tell our loved ones about our preferences and plans. NHDD’s 2017 theme is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late,” and each day has its own mini-theme, including Friday, April 21, which empowers health care professionals to understand and promote advance care planning.
Organizations across the nation are joining the NHDD movement, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Their new video, The Gift of Advance Care Planning, illustrates the importance of discussing and making health care decisions with loved ones.
Will you or your organization participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day this year? Here are some links to get started:
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