We all make decisions every day, some more important than others. We decide where to live, what car to buy, what to have for dinner. We research idyllic vacation spots and read countless consumer reviews before making a purchase. Yet many of us postpone some of the most important decisions of all – our wishes for healthcare should we become unable to express them. National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. The place to start your plan is not at the hospital. It’s at your kitchen table.
National Healthcare Decisions Day isn’t about making end-of-life decisions. It’s about making decisions for the type and extent of care you want to receive, potentially at any point in your life. And, it’s about making your wishes known in advance, in case you’re ever unable to communicate them yourself.