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Advance directives highlighted by April 16 effort

April 15, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, designed to encourage individuals to discuss and complete their advance directives.

When it comes to living wills and end-of-life treatment preferences, organizers remind healthcare institutions that they are required to:

  • Provide information about healthcare decision-making rights.
  • Ask residents if they have advance directives.
  • Educate staff and community members about advance directives.
  • Not discriminate against residents based on their advance directive statuses.

2014 marks the seventh observance of the effort.

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