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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Think about it: National Healthcare Decisions Day

Ask me about advance directives! National Healthcare Decisions Day: your decisions matter.

Tuesday, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Truman VA and other organizations are collaborating to raise awareness about the importance of advance health care decision-making.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Today, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).  Truman VA and other organizations are collaborating to raise awareness about the importance of advance health care decision-making. 

We encourage you to learn more about advance care planning.  Patients, caregivers and staff are invited to stop by our main lobby today to visit our informational table.

1. Advance care planning starts with you.  An advance directive is a legal form that helps your doctors and family members understand your wishes about medical and mental health care.  VA patients can find out how to communicate their advance directive to VA:

2. Talk about it.  It’s important to discuss your wishes with those who would make decisions if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.  This may be your family, friend or caregiver.  We invite VA patients to discuss advance directives with their Truman VA primary care provider or social worker.

3. Make it official.  Once VA patients have completed an advance directive, VA will scan it into their medical record.  Please know you can change it or cancel it at any time.  It’s important to review it periodically and ensure you and your loved ones have the latest copy.

We invite everyone to learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day.  National organizers have created a website with information and tools for the public. 

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