National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, is a collaborative effort of community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and resources to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions. Advance care planning involves making future healthcare decisions that include much more than deciding what care you would or would not want; it starts with expressing care preferences, clarifying values and beliefs and selecting an agent (health care proxy) to voice your healthcare decisions if you are unable to do so.
Advance care planning starts by talking with your loved ones and your healthcare providers. These conversations will relieve loved ones and healthcare professionals of the need to guess what you would want if faced with a medical crisis.
As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare wishes. If you have not had conversations with your physician and loved ones, please do so today! In addition, we encourage you to complete a NYS health care proxy. For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nhdd.org.