National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16th.  This day is designated by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.

Advance care planning involves making future healthcare decisions which involves selecting an agent to express your healthcare decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself, and also allows you to express your preferences and clarify your values.

Advance care planning starts with “The Conversation” – talking about your health care concerns with your loved ones, health care providers, and even your friends.  These conversations will relieve your loved ones with the need to guess what you would want if you are facing a medical crisis.

Next, you need to complete your Advance Directives.  In Florida, these are called Advance Health Care Directives, HIPPA Releases, and Living Wills.

These documents are state-specific and are designed to meet each state’s statutory requirements.  If your legal documents were prepared out of state, you should meet with a Florida attorney to discuss whether new documents should be completed.  The documents will do you no good if your doctor or hospital will not honor them.

Questions? The Law Office of Debra Simms is here to help. Call us today 386.256.4882


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