National Healthcare Decisions Day- April 16th*

*EVENTS POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 16th, 2020

IT ALWAYS SEEMS TOO EARLY. . . .UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE

National Healthcare Decisions is April 16th, 2020

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is April 16. The goal of this annual initiative is to ensure Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.

NHDD, organized by The Conversation Project, is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.

In light of the global crisis, this year DecideWNY will be hosting a social media campaign, encouraging the public to share their stories and post a picture with their Healthcare Proxy. Please help spread the word!

APRIL 16th- NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY 2020

For the past three years, Mayor Byron Brown has supported NHDD by proclaiming April 16th, 2020 as National Healthcare Decisions Day in Buffalo, NY.

Advance care planning is for EVERYONE 18 years of age or older! NHDD is a day to start thinking about who would make medical decisions on your behalf if you were unable to participate and create a document reflecting your choices.

Heather Hoffman discusses the importance of advance care planning and her decision to choose and document a healthcare proxy.

NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS!!

In the face of uncertain times, it is SO important that we as a community begin to have important conversations before we become too sick to talk to our loved ones.

For more information and resources regarding advance care planning and COVID-19, click below: