National Healthcare Decisions Day is usually on April 16, the day after Tax Day, inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes.”
Since April 16 fell on Easter Sunday, a week was allocated to focus on the importance and value of advance care planning for people of any age.
It’s never too late to talk with your family and doctor about your healthcare wishes even if it’s after National Healthcare Decisions Week.
Anyone over the age of 18 can complete an advance directive, which documents what medical treatments a person wants and does not want, based on their wishes and values, while designating a health care proxy who is authorized to make medical decisions for this person if they cannot speak for themselves.
“Many people think advance directives are only for older people facing
serious illness,” explained Rachael Telleen, JourneyCare’s Director of
Community Engagement and Advance Care Planning Advocate. “The goal is
to make a cultural shift and make these discussions normal, so we have
our advance directives mapped out while we are healthy.”
JourneyCare can provide you and your loved ones with a copy of Five Wishes, an easy-to-use legal document that is valid in most states and written in everyday language that lets adults plan how they want to be cared for in case they are seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. It is unique because it speaks to a person’s holistic needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.
To receive a hard copy of Five Wishes, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Five Wishes Request.”
For more information about advance care planning, contact Rachael Telleen, email@example.com, 312-912-2678.