National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th. Join Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to your family, friends, and health care providers. Share your wishes and complete your Advance Directives because your healthcare decisions matter. The goal of national healthcare decisions day is to engage in conversation about what’s important to you if you become unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself.
Talking about advanced directives can be scary at first but it’s a great gift for the people who care about you. When you’ve had the opportunity to speak with your loved ones about your healthcare wishes, it allows your loved ones to focus on the things that matter to you.
Here are some questions that might come up if you are seriously ill, injured, or perhaps dying.
- Are there limits to the medical treatment you might want?
- Would your choices change if you became seriously ill?
- How would you want to be cared for when you are near the end of life?
Talking about your wishes is important because we live in an age when the field of medicine can do amazing things. However, all of us will someday find ourselves in a life-limiting situation, when certain medical treatments may be uncomfortable and burdensome possibly the opposite of what we would want. While we hope that others will properly direct our care when we were unable, it is best to talk to loved ones and doctors in advance then they will know how to follow your wishes.
It is our hope you will join us in starting the conversation with your loved ones about your healthcare wishes. Please enjoy this free Midland Care tool “Advance Care Planning – Maintain Control of Your Healthcare” to help you along the way.
If you have questions or would like to talk about healthcare decision-making, please contact Midland Care at 800-491-3691. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.