Will You Join Me?
Today, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and I hope you will join me in taking time to discuss your healthcare wishes and even put them in writing. No matter how young or old we are, all of us should be prepared in the event of a health crisis. Healthcare decisions can feel uncomfortable to talk about, but these conversations are critical to you and your family.
Are you one of the 80% of Americans who have not completed an advanced healthcare directive? According to Nathan Kottkamp, founder and chair for the National Healthcare Decisions Day, many people resist having the conversation about advanced healthcare directives for the following reasons:
- Unsure how to start
- They don’t know what’s legally binding
- They’re worried they will hurt someone’s feelings
- They just haven’t had the time to do it
Additionally, many of us (including me) put off the decision to make our wishes known because we think we have time. Hopefully, we have plenty of time and will never need an advanced healthcare directive. Discussing your wishes and even putting them in writing can be one of the most important gifts you ever give your loved ones.
And I am excited to announce that after today, I will no longer be one of the 80%! Will you join me?
CMH Social Services staff will be at the Polk County Senior Center to discuss advanced healthcare planning. We welcome you to stop by, pick up literature and ask questions regarding healthcare decisions planning. We will have notaries on site should you choose to complete a directive that day.
If you are unable to attend the events at the Senior Center today, I welcome you to call me to set up an appointment to discuss this very topic in the near future. You may also obtain free resources on the NHDD website: www.nhdd.org. Additionally, please help me spread the word with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Advanced healthcare planning is something we ALL should do and encourage others to do, regardless of age or current health.
I look forward to meeting many of you today and speaking with many more of you in the future.
Director of Social Services, CMH