National Health Care Decisions Week: A time to discuss advanced directives

Monday, April 17, 2017

in News

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Week , have you had a conversation with the people you love?

Jennings and Jennings Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are taking part in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Jennings and Jennings Hospice are providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws. 

Specifically, from April 16 – April 21, Jennings Hospice is welcoming the public throughout the day to call for free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms or with questions about palliative care, comfort care and end-of-life care.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we hope many more people in our community will have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Judi Makan, Administrator of Jennings Hospice.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit

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