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April 16 is Healthcare Decision Day

DecisionDay-FBgraphic.jpgIf something unexpected happened to you, who would know your wishes for medical care? If you don’t have an answer to that question, join Methodist Fremont Health on April 16 for National Healthcare Decision Day.

National Healthcare Decision Day exists to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and educate them on the importance of advance care planning. Advance care planning helps your loved ones make the choices you would want and provides the information they would need in the event you become sick or disabled. Planning ahead can minimize stress, financial problems and family strife.

Advance care planning is about planning for the “what ifs” that may occur across the entire lifespan – it’s not just for older adults approaching the end of their lives. People of any age can become gravely ill or have a serious accident.

An advance care plan can be developed at any time, whether you are sick or well, and can be changed or updated at any time. Ideally, you do this planning while you are healthy, have mental capacity and are not stressed by bad news about your health.

Stop by the Methodist Fremont Health Medical Center main lobby for “Donuts for Decision Day” on Tuesday, April 16, any time between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Speak with professionals about any questions you have about advance care planning and enjoy a donut on us! We’ll provide information to help you make informed decisions and forms you can complete or take home to discuss with your family members.

Decisions should be based on your wishes and values, but they need not be made alone. Conversations with those you love and care for are important and can help you think through these decisions. These conversations may be tough to initiate, but they are valuable and necessary for all involved.

90% of people say talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27% have actually done so. Remember, having a plan relieves family members from wondering if they “did the right thing” on your behalf.

For more information or questions about Healthcare Decision Day (with donuts!), call 402-941-1699. Having trouble starting the conversations? Get some help at