National Healthcare Decisions Day
Today, April 16, 2019, our firm, along with other national, state and community organizations, is taking part in a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16th as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
We have been supporting our clients’ healthcare wishes for more than ten years by providing comprehensive estate plans that include the healthcare directives that clients need in a medical emergency. These documents can include a healthcare power of attorney, living will, HIPAA release, among others.
Making healthcare decisions *before* an actual medical emergency is critical. This is why our firm has always stressed the value of these documents when we help our clients plan for their future. We also emphasize to clients the importance of talking to their family about their wishes. These conversations can make difficult situations later much easier. It is a real gift to the family.
We also take the commitment one step further by making sure that clients’ healthcare directives are immediately available to family members and to the hospital in an emergency. With a membership in DocuBank, that we provide, clients know that a hospital can get their legal directives and other critical medical information around the clock, just by carrying a wallet card.
We are glad that as a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community will think about their healthcare decisions and, hopefully, complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known. Having swift and immediate access to well-drafted healthcare directives in a medical emergency can reduce stress on patients, hospital staff, and most importantly, loved ones. This is why we are participating in NHDD 2019. We want to help make sure that everyone has protected themselves and those they love by completing advance directives. In honor of NHDD, please contact our office at (248) 409-0256 to see how we can provide information and tools for you to talk about your wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers. We can also assist with the execution of written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Michigan state laws.