For Immediate Release
April 16, 2012

Sara Arif, KDA
KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

Who Will Make Your Healthcare Decision If You Are Unable to Speak?

TOPEKA, Kan - In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on April 16, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department on Aging encourage all adult Kansans to think about what their health care choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.

These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others will know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms:

Thinking ahead assures that families and healthcare providers will not have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.

Clear, concise and consistent information about advance directives, how to obtain them and how individuals and families can easily make important decisions before a serious illness may be found at