Today is the day to make your health care decisions known. It’s National Health Care Decisions Day, a day aimed at encouraging Americans to speak up for themselves. Talk with your families about your own end of life preferences, and document those preferences in some form of advance directive.
We are very excited at Life Matters Media by the attention this initiative is receiving; I was very pleased to write this story distributed nationally today by Reuters Health: http://reut.rs/1qZYw3u
This afternoon, I’ll join a team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in assisting patients and families to fill out their own advance directives– so if you know anyone headed in that direction today, encourage them to stop by.
Later on Relevant Radio, I’ll be talking about National Health Care Decisions Day with “A Closer Look” host Sheila Liaugminas in her “Under the Microscope” bioethics segment. It airs at 5:30 p.m. CST. If you’re in Chicago, that’s 950 A.M., and it streams online.
This is the day to make your voice heard. Where can you get advance directive forms? You can always ask your doctor, as legally binding forms vary from state to state. Our friends at Everplans have compiled this excellent resource that enables you to download state-specific forms.
If you haven’t visited our website recently, here’s a quick list of good reading– including an opinion piece by Co-Founder Dr. Mary Mulcahy that ran last week on cnn.com.
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” is an intimate, unnerving exploration of death behind prison walls. The Oscar-nominated documentary centers on the final months of terminally ill prisoner George William “Jack” Hall and the prisoners-turned-hospice volunteers who care for him.
For patients and families to make informed choices about their own end of life care, reporters in every news medium must select more accurate language to describe and analyze noteworthy cases and concepts, said members of a panel at the Association of Health Care Journalists Conference in Denver.
If you use this day to make your own health care decisions, we would love to hear about it. Let us know!
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