HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day
April 16, 2019
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.
An advance directive (living will and/or health care power of attorney) is a legal document that tells health care providers who it is that you wish to make medical decisions for you and what treatments you would want or not want, if you are ever unable to tell your providers what you want for yourself.
National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to remind all people, regardless of age or current health, of the importance of making these decisions known.
Consider completing your advance directive and encourage your loved ones to do the same. If you're not ready to complete an advance directive, begin the process by learning more and having discussions with your loved ones.
HAP has information on its website for individuals to learn more about advance care planning. In addition, individuals can contact their community hospital or health care provider to learn more. Many will be hosting educational events on April 16 and throughout the year
In addition, Pennsylvania hospitals and health care providers can learn more about HAP’s support for a number of end-of-life initiatives at its website.