The Friday Five – National Healthcare Decisions Day
Ninety percent of people have heard of a living will but only 29% of people have them. Advance directives are something we all should take the time to have in place for our own good and for our loved ones. National Healthcare Decisions Day (@NHDD) is an initiative encouraging people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The NHDD overarching theme this year is: “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.” NHDD has gained momentum over the past few years and for 2018, it will be a week long event, April 16-20. This week’s Friday Five gathers some motivation and tips to help you get started with your own planning and documentation.
Thoughtful Conversations Sponsored by Arizona Hospital And Healthcare Association
Michelle Mulady, Independent ICU Nurse, shares what motivates her to speak to her patients about advance care planning and why it is important.
With National Healthcare Decisions Day just a few days away, we want u 2 start thinking about what matters most 2 u. Make a list, reflect internally, share ur ideas in a tweet & tag us! Get in the practice of expressing ur wishes. #AzHDM18 #NHDD https://t.co/rTX7K8ZaiM
— AzHHA (@azhospitalassn) April 12, 2018
Hospice of the Panhandle 15 minute Talk
On April 16th at 12:15 pm ET, grab your lunch and join the Hospice of the Panhandle community educator Julia McDonald Yuhasz to learn more about completing a living will and medical power of attorney. Find out how to get free, easy-to-use documents.
Join Hospice of Panhandle on Facebook, April 16th at 12:15 p.m. for a 15-minute conversation about living wills and medical powers of attorney. Link: https://t.co/mAvCVG20DF #NHDD2018 pic.twitter.com/x4lxNRlkYB
— NHDD (@NHDD) April 12, 2018
Tips to plan healthcare decisions in advance
Dr. Cary Schnitzer, medical director for OptumCare Arizona, keeps things simple with three important steps: discuss, decide, document. According to Dr. Schnitzer, “Planning for accidents or a sudden illness may feel awkward, but conversations with family members today can ensure your care preferences are honored and that your caregivers don’t have to guess what you want.” Here are four tips to get you started in the right direction.
Dr. Cary Schnitzer: “Imagine you are in an accident or sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver is faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know… https://t.co/aYsFzfx9Ay
— AJ/GC Independent (@AJGCIndependent) April 10, 2018
The Conversation Project’s Starter Kit
The Conversation Project (@convoproject) is dedicated to helping people talk about their end-of-life wishes. The work, in collaboration with the not-for-profit, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (@TheIHI) is shifting our culture to encourage talking about dying. Their motto is begin the conversation at the kitchen table – not the intensive care unit. Check out their starter kits (available in 11 languages) as a tool to help families begin the discussion.
— AAHPM (@AAHPM) April 12, 2018
One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.
The New York Times article by Paula Span (@paula_span), details the a dementia specific advance directive document created by Dr Barack Gaster, an internist at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Read the full article here and to download the dementia directive form click here.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 19, 2018
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