Confront the ‘elephant in the room’ during full week of National Healthcare Decisions Day

By April 14, 2017Tidewell News

National Healthcare Decisions Day is upon us again, but this year the time set aside to highlight the importance of advance care planning has been extended to a full week. The 10th Healthcare Decisions Day commemoration will be April 16-22.

The week is planned to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The commemoration is formally recognized by Congress and most state and local governments. The theme is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”

Tidewell presents the community education program Begin the Conversation to encourage everyone to confront the “elephant in the room” and let your loved ones know your end-of-life wishes before they must make those decisions for you. Advance-care planning is about doing what you can to ensure that any health care treatment is consistent with your wishes should you be unable to make your own decisions.

There will be two Begin the Conversations presentations during the week of National Healthcare Decisions Day commemorations:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, Tidewell administration building, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton. RSVP at 941-894-1702.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, Tidewell administration building, 6301 Capital Drive, Lakewood Ranch, RSVP at 941-894-1702.

Below is a new video, entitled “The Gift of Advance Care Planning,” from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In the video, viewers meet a California couple, Michael and Liz Sampair, married for 18 years. Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer eight years ago. He has had vital conversations with his family and documented his wishes and healthcare preferences to ensure that his loved ones will not be faced with unnecessary burdens.

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