Every April 16th, National Healthcare Decisions Day is celebrated. National Healthcare Decisions Day educates the public and providers about advance care planning while encouraging patients to express all of their healthcare wishes and for providers to honor and respect those wishes. 


Founded in 2008, National Healthcare Decisions Day provides all information regarding healthcare decision making for both the public and providers through resources and support to help guide individuals throughout the process. National Healthcare Decision Day’s purpose is to help the public understand all aspects of advance care planning, along with the importance of conversation and wishes for patients. 


The Conversation Project is an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide. The Conversation Project has put together new COVID-19 specific resources to help you and your loved ones during this difficult time. The new COVID-19 specific conversation guide and other useful COVID-19 resources help you take action and be prepared. 


     Your Conversation Starter Guide          Talking with a Health Care Team Guide        Being Prepared in the Time of COVID-19       COVID-19 Specific Conversation Guide                                            



The John A. Hartford Foundation also offers additional COVID-19 resources for older adults, family caregivers, and health care providers, along with the Alzheimer’s Association offering COVID-19 tips for individuals caring for people living with dementia.



COVID-19 Resources – The Conversation Project. (2021). Retrieved 15 April 2021, from https://theconversationproject.org/covid19/

“National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16.” The Conversation Project, 22 Feb. 2021, theconversationproject.org/nhdd/.

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