National Healthcare Decisions Week encourages people to understand the value of advance care planning (ACP) for both themselves and their loved ones. The community-based project Speak for Yourself, Plan Your Care is a collaboration of Caring Circle, Lakeland Health, and PACE (Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly) that offers the opportunity for individuals in southwest Michigan to request and receive a detailed conversation regarding their healthcare wishes. This program, along with other national, state, and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision planning, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) and April 17-22 as National Healthcare Decisions Week.
It is never too early to express your wishes and make your future healthcare decisions known to family, friends, and healthcare providers. Informative sessions will be held to increase awareness and answer your questions about ACP. Sessions are free and open to the community. Please join us!