Greencastle, Indiana.Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association (PCHPCA) announced 2020 National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th. The theme is “Speaking Up for Your Care”. If you became seriously ill, would the people who matter most to you really know what matters to you?
“Speaking Up for Your Care,” continues the Association’s work to increase discussions about advanced care planning in Putnam County.A growing number of residents are having conversations clarifying what they would want most.Speakingup about the kind of care we want also means telling those closest to us what we’d want if we couldn’t make decisions for ourselves. When we share our values, preferences and wishes with our doctors and loved ones, we’re part of the team that helps us get the right care for us. We have a right to have a say in our care.
Board Member, Jinsie Bingham, reflected on the importance of National Healthcare Decisions Day. “Love means speaking up. Asking and sharing what would matter most to each other at that time is an act of love and kindness that can make future decisions easier. We may not be able to predict every decision that needs to be made, but we can give those we love the guiding principles to make decisions for us. These discussions need to happen at the dinner table and at our next regular doctor’s visit.” Bingham added, “And be sure to provide your loved ones and your healthcare providers with a copy of your most recent advance directives.”
Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association (PCHPCA) is a nonprofit, charitable organization that has joined national, state, and community efforts to increase the quality of the end-of-life experience for patients, loved ones, caregivers, and the healthcare community in Putnam County. PCHPCA is partially supported by The Putnam County Community Foundation and the Putnam County Hospital. If you have questions, please contact Elaine Peck, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.