National Healthcare Decisions Day
Day set aside to encourage important conversations among loved ones
The saying goes the only certain things in life are death and taxes. For that reason, April 16 - the day after Tax Day - is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day set aside to encourage people to have discussions with loved ones around their values and how those values impact potential future health care decisions.
The majority of people cannot express their own wishes when near the end of life. For that reason, it is important to pick someone to speak for you when you cannot, and to make sure that person knows how to make decisions you would be comfortable with.
Dr. Robert Sawicki, Senior Vice President of Supportive Care for OSF HealthCare says people's attitudes have changed over the years about how much and what kind of medical care they receive.
Dr. Sawicki says while the end of our lives is not a subject most of want to talk about, it is important that we do so, both for our own peace of mind, and for our loved ones. We may believe our families know what we want, but studies have shown this just isn’t the case most of the time, so it's important to have those conversations.
If you would like more information on care decisions and advance care planning, contact the OSF HealthCare Supportive Care division at 309.308.5953. You can also find more information at http://bit.ly/2p3Pk8H