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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) 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 resources to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions. It exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Advance Care

Advance care planning involves making future healthcare decisions that include much more than deciding what care you would or would not want. It starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying health care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself. It also begins with talking with your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even your friends - all are important steps to making your wishes known. These conversations will relieve loved-ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want if you are ever facing a healthcare or medical crisis.

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life car

  • Conversation Starter Kit: The Conversation Starter Kit is a useful tool to help you have the conversation with a family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care. Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. You can use this Starter Kit whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes. Click here to access the Conversation Starter Kit.

  • How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy: In addition to having the conversation, it’s important to choose a health care proxy – the person who will make decisions about your medical care if you become unable to make them for yourself. This user-friendly guide offers facts and tips necessary to make sound decisions about choosing, and being, a health care proxy. Click here to access the guide.

  • Conversation Starter Kit for Families and Loved Ones of People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Forms of Dementia: This Starter Kit is specifically designed to help families and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia who want guidance about “having the conversation.” We appreciate the difficulty — and the importance — of having these conversations. Click here to access the kit.

  • How To Talk To Your Doctor: After you’ve had the conversation with your loved ones, the next step is talking to your doctor or nurse about your wishes. Don’t wait for a medical crisis; talking with your doctor or nurse now makes it easier to make medical decisions when the time comes. Click here to access the guide.

Sources: The Conversation Project, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, &

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