National Healthcare Decision Day – Choices for your Journey

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Forsythia Growing Around a Split Rail Fence on a Country Road

Today is National Healthcare Decision Day.  This is something quite near and dear to my heart and something I am passionate about.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage individuals to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for healthcare providers to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2016 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

The National Healthcare Decision Day website has a multitude of resources that I highly recommend you check out at this link.  I also recommend a project that I helped work on called the Journey GPS (Getting Plans Started) Guide.  You can download it free at this link.  It is a great resource for starting the conversation and carrying out your wishes for the way you want to experience your journey at end of life when that time comes.  The #NHDD theme this year is so poignant and true:  It always seems too early, until it is too late!

Take some time today to consider your choices, and let your loved ones know.  You deserve to have the right care at the right time in the right place no matter where you are in this crazy journey we call life.

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

 

49 thoughts on “National Healthcare Decision Day – Choices for your Journey

  1. A VIABLE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN WOULD HELP…WE ARE THE ONLY OECD TOP 30 COUNTRY WITHOUT A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN….WE SPEND MORE PERCAPITA FOR HEALTH CARE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES AND COME IN NEAR THE BOTTOM FOR INFANT MORTALITY AND LIFE EXPECTANCY …

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  2. This is something I have not done yet and have just started giving some thought to but as you say oh so important to do! Thanks for the link and info!! Your photo is gorgeous too! 🙂

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  3. Great topic, Jodi! Timely as my sig other Robert just had surgery. He had to fill out healthcare decisions. Good the paperwork was in his VA pre-op packet! People need to be proactive and make their healthcare wishes known at any time! 💛 Elizabeth

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  4. Thanks so much for the links, Jodi. I’ve had the paperwork for months, just waiting to be filled out. You’ve given me the nudge I needed to take care of this important business.

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  5. Jodi what a lovely post and photo. Thank you for Sharing this!!
    the people of the United States, worked hard and really do deserve to have dignity in health care that the rest of the top nations have.

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  6. Thanks for posting about this, Jodi! In the weeks before my father died, he was no longer able to make any decisions or to make his opinions known. The only thing that made that time bearable was that he had taken the time to fill out what we called the “living will,” so we knew exactly how he wanted us to handle things. That meant we were able to deal with our grief without also being burdened with guilt and uncertainty.

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