Your Voice, Your Choice: Who will speak for you if you can’t?

by | Mar 31, 2023 | Advocacy, Blog, Monthly Theme

We can’t plan for everything, but we can talk about what is most important, in our life and in our healthcare, with those who matter most.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) takes place on April 16 each year to educate and motivate our community about the importance of documenting your healthcare wishes.

Wisconsin, unlike many states, is not a “next of kin” or “family consent” state for adults. Wisconsin law does not authorize family members to make decisions for incapacitated adult family members. A free Healthcare Advance Directive should be completed by everyone 18 and older, indicating who you designate to make your healthcare decisions and carry out your wishes. These completed documents can help your family avoid a costly legal process in the event that you’re unable to speak for yourself.

By placing your healthcare wishes in writing by using documents called healthcare advance directives, you can take the guilt away from your loved ones having to guess what you would want in an emergency or at end of life.

Before the workshop I knew nothing. After the workshop, I’ve learned the necessity of it… and what a joy and gift to give this to my family.”

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