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National Health Care Decision Day
April 16, 2014
April 16, 2014 is designated as National Health Care Decision Day. The goal of celebrating National Health Care Decision Day is to encourage everyone to communicate their health care wishes to family and medical providers before the need to make medical decisions arises. Capital Health Plan’s Advance Directive of choice is Five Wishes.
Current statistics reveal that only 15-20 percent of the population has completed an Advance Directive. The end of life is often treated as a medical moment rather than a process that completes the circle of life. If asked, most will tell you that they want to be allowed to die a natural death. Almost everyone has a “horror story” of a loved one dying in pain or isolation. This can all be avoided by completing an Advance Directive now before you become ill or incapacitated.
The CHP Health Promotions Department will be distributing Five Wishes on Wednesday, April 16th at both health center locations. Life can change in an instant. Please give your family the gift of having completed an Advance Directive today.