National and South Carolina Healthcare Decisions Day

scha decision dayEstimates indicate that less than 30% of the population has an advance directive, such as a healthcare power of attorney or living will, which guides decisions about healthcare if a person is unable to make his or her wishes known. In the absence of knowing a person’s wishes, families and healthcare providers are frequently faced with making difficult decisions that may not reflect the desires of the individual.

Each year National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is recognized across the nation on April 16. Founded from one man’s passion to increase the awareness of advance healthcare planning, NHDD continues to gain momentum every year. The purpose of this day is to inspire, educate, and empower the public and healthcare professionals about the importance of advance care planning for healthcare decisions.

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