National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary helping to educate people across the U.S. about the importance of advance healthcare planning during a week long event, from April 16-22, 2017.

The overall theme for 2017 is “it always seems too early, until it’s too late”.

NHDD advocates for a better public understanding of advance care planning. Nathan Kottkamp, a partner at McGuire Woods, is the founder and chair of National Healthcare Decisions Day, an annual event created to inspire every person to plan ahead for end-of-life. This 10th year anniversary celebration will once again inspire everyone to get their plans in order before it’s too late.

NHDD is an initiative of The Conversation Project, an organization dedicated to helping people talk about their end-of-life care. As of June 2016, The Conversation Project became responsible for the management of NHDD.

“A key goal of NHDD is to demystify healthcare decision-making and make the topic of advance care planning inescapable. On NHDD, no one in the U.S. should be able to open a paper, watch TV, view the internet, see a physician or lawyer, or go to a healthcare facility without being confronted with the topic of advance care planning. Among other things, NHDD helps people understand that advance healthcare decision-making includes much more than living wills; it is a process that should focus first on conversation and choosing an agent.”

LastingMatters, a resource on the NHDD website, was founded by Barbara Bates Sedoric to help any adult, at any age, compile, document and clearly communicate important information, intentions and wishes.  The LastingMatters Organizer is a comprehensive and practical planning guide helping to reduce the costs, time, stress, and family pressures associated with incapacity or death of a loved one. 

Planning ahead for end-of-life and completing your advance healthcare directives will not only provide peace of mind for you, it will also provide clear instructions and directions for those that care about you.

It always seems too early, until it's too late. In the end, your decisions will matter.