National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is an annual event celebrated around the world. This year, the week-long event took place from April 16 – 22, 2017. NHDD is a national initiative that was created for adults of all ages and genders. The objective is to plan for a health crisis. When you make decisions ahead of time, you can put your wishes in writing. This can provide you and your family with peace of mind.
Difficult situations are hard to avoid, but by planning, you can help ease the process a little. Otherwise, your family will be left to determine what you would have wanted. You may be seriously ill and unable to communicate those wishes with your family, but having a plan in place will prevent your family from guessing.
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is not just for families, it is for medical professionals as well. Healthcare providers are encouraged to discuss the topic with patients, which is exactly what Southwest OBGYN does!
What to Discuss?
Southwest OBGYN stresses to our patients and their families the importance of talking in depth about the care they would want, or would not want, when faced with serious issues or a chronic illness. Many healthcare facilities and organizations around the world come together during NHDD week to discuss advance healthcare planning and where patients can begin.
Think about what would be of highest importance to you and start from there. Do not be ashamed to let your family members and healthcare providers know what your priorities are. Remember that NHDD is about YOUR wishes. This includes:
- Medical Decisions
- Advance Directive (Living Will)
- Appointing a Healthcare Power of Attorney
- Healthcare Preferences and Choices
This is a living will that gives you the opportunity to document your wishes pertaining to medical treatment options at the end of life.
You also have the option to appoint a person whom you trust to act as your healthcare agent. This person will be known as a power of attorney, also referred to as a healthcare proxy. He or she will be legally authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf.
There are federal, state, and local laws in place that determine when your living will can act as a guide for your medical decisions. There are also laws in place to determine what decisions a power of attorney can make, and when he or she will be authorized to make those choices. National Healthcare Decisions Day was designed to help you learn more about these directives and the laws pertaining to your healthcare.
It is never too early to plan, in terms of a health crisis. We want to help you be in control of your health, and start the advance healthcare planning process.
Join women and men around the world and celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day and learn what you can do to ensure that your rights and wants matter in the event of a crisis.
Southwest OBGYN is available to help empower and motivate you during this week-long celebration, and throughout the year. Advance healthcare planning is important, and we look forward to educating you on its importance!