Today is “National Healthcare Decisions Day!” What is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)? According to the “National Healthcare Decisions Day” website (www.nhdd.org), “National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” In other words, it is a day dedicated to educating others as to the available options for creating the appropriate legal documents to ensure that their wishes regarding their healthcare will be carried out, should there come a time when they are no longer able to express their wishes.
The attorneys and staff at our office are, and have been, extremely passionate about the importance of advance planning for healthcare decision-making for anyone over age 18. It was out of this passion and strong belief that all competent persons over age 18 should have access to the information necessary to understand and create a Durable Powers of Attorney for Healthcare that we celebrated NHDD 2016 earlier this week. We celebrated by hosting a community event to educate Illinois residents. Not only was it an inspiring day for our office, it was truly our pleasure to host this event and to meet with attendees to “inspire, educate, and empower” all those who attended to be pro-active regarding their healthcare planning. We are grateful to, and thank, all who attended the event. In addition, we thank and salute our staff for going above and beyond to ensure that the event was a huge success. If you missed the event, and would like to receive general information regarding the Illinois statutory Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Thus, we wish each of you a very Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016! To those of you who already have your planning in place, we encourage you to inspire others to do the same. To those of you who do not, we encourage you seek the information you need and delay no more in creating an advance healthcare plan for yourself. Remember though, the available legal documents and the legal requirements for creating such documents will vary from state to state. Thus, it is important to seek specific legal advice in your state to be sure that any documents that you create will, if ever needed, be effective.
The Elder Law Center, P.C. (subsidiary of Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C., http://www.mickeywilson.com) is located in Aurora, IL, Kane County, in the Chicago Western Suburbs, phone number: 630-844-0065.