April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The intent is to get Americans across the country to make their future health care decisions known to family, friends, and health care providers. Regardless of your age or current health, please be sure to share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because, YOUR DECISIONS MATTER.
One of the documents you should consider creating this weekend is an advanced directive. It’s a legal document that tells your loved ones and doctors who you wish to make medical decisions for you, if you are ever not able to tell us what you want for yourself. It can also tell us what treatments you would want or not want at that time. We encourage you to complete an advance directive while they are here in the hospital or before a health crisis. Today would be a great day to do this. Laws can differ state-to-state, so LIVESTRONG Guidebook.