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Plan now for National Healthcare Decisions Week, April 16-22

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National Healthcare Decisions Week is less than two months away making now the time to plan events and activities to promote a better public understanding of advance care planning.

April 16 is the annual day designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) intended to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care professionals about the importance of advance care planning. Through this initiative individuals are encouraged to express their health care wishes and to remind health care providers and facilities to respect those wishes.

During the week-long event, each day has a theme with one area of focus. The daily themes are:

Monday, April 16: NHDD/Prepare

  • Host your main event, since it’s NHDD, or use it as a day to get resources together!

Tuesday, April 17: Start with Yourself

  • A day to think about your own healthcare decisions

Wednesday, April 18: Family/Friends/Loved Ones

  • A day to discuss your wishes with others (and learn their wishes)

Thursday, April 19: Spread the Word

  • A day to tell others that you’ve engaged in advance care planning and encourage them to do the same

Friday, April 20: Facilities Focus

  • A day for healthcare providers of all sorts to promote advance care planning

Saturday, April 21: Professionals Preparedness

  • A day to ensure that all professionals (healthcare, clergy, legal and others) understand and can promote advance care planning

Sunday, April 22: Reflection and Readiness

  • Consider what worked well for NHDD week and file or share your advance care plans so they will be available if needed.

Anyone who hosts a NHDD community education event, large or small can be an official participant of National Healthcare Decisions Day/Week.

  1. Pledge to participate. NHDD wants to have an idea of how many people will be joining the movement and can help connect to others in your region.
  2. Sign up for the NHDD newsletter.
  3. Visit NHDD’s Resources section to find more information and start planning!

The name “Honoring Choices Wisconsin” is used under license from the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation.
RESPECTING CHOICES® is a registered mark used under license from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc.

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