It's been exactly one month and two days since National Healthcare Decisions Day 2011!
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Putting Pen to Paper to Make it Official...
Not one, not two, but FIVE state proclamations (and counting) have been issued declaring April 16, 2011 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Virginia have all officially recognized NHDD.
Rallying to Encourage and Empower Us All to Make Our Healthcare Decisions Now for the Unknown Later…
College education. Career path. Relationships. Starting a family.
Buying or selling a house. Vacations. Retirement. From the age that we’re old enough to understand, most of us are taught and accept that these are the markers in life that we plan for. However, there’s one key marker that’s all-too-often missing from this list: healthcare decision-making. Like planning for these other life events, planning for the time (or times) that we are unable to express our healthcare wishes is of the utmost importance. It is something that should be well thought out, documented and revisited at different points in life to reflect any change in our desires or family situation or the person we wish to advocate for us. Unfortunately, it is a planning point that that majority of us have missed. As a consequence patients’ families suffer the added burden of having to guess when a health crisis happens. That’s why Nathan Kottkamp founded National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) back in 2008 and why this nationwide advance care planning awareness initiative is as important as ever. So this year, I’ve joined my fellow bloggers throughout the country to spread the word about the importance of advance care planning with this special NHDD edition blog.