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National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016: Vote Now So Your Voice Will Be Heard Later

04/14/2016

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Who Will Speak for You?

National Healthcare Decisions Day is Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Who would you ask to speak for you if you couldn't speak for yourself? Healthcare Decisions Day encourages you to answer that question and vote!

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Studies have found that the key to quality of life for those who are seriously ill is early and ongoing discussions about the patient's goals and priorities. These talks should be held with the patient's physician as well as with family/friends. Topics might include:

  • Fears and worries about what to expect.
  • What would you give up for a longer life? What wouldn't be worth the trade-off?
  • What physical functions are essential for life to be worthwhile?

Peace of Mind

Every patient will have different answers, and every patient needs assurance that their answers will be honored. That is the point of advance planning and National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Advance healthcare planning provides peace of mind for you and your family. Elect your most trusted healthcare representative. Talk to your candidate about the kind of care you would want if you were incapacitated and not expected to recover.

For more information on quality of life near the end of life, download Considering Hospice Care: A Discussion Guide for Families.

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