MAC Inc., along with other local, state and national organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making for everyone – an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

This year due to COVID restrictions there will not be enrollment events throughout the Lower Shore, but instead a 16-day long campaign to educate and encourage everyone to create their own advance directive.

MAC is challenging its Facebook followers to commit to creating and signing an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is the term that refers to documents variously known as a living will, instruction directive, health care proxy or health care power to attorney.

Everyone has the right to make their own healthcare decisions. But what if you are sick or injured or otherwise unable to make your own decisions regarding medical treatment?
You can make your healthcare wishes known by creating an Advance Directive. This document details what medical treatment you do – and don’t – want in the case you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
Making your healthcare wishes known is a gift to your loved ones, saving them from making tough decisions at a difficult time, and saving them from worrying if they made the healthcare decisions you would have wanted.

If you need help creating an Advance Directive:
• Contact MAC for written materials
• Go to www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/HealthPolicy to read the Maryland law and use the document from the attorney general’s office.
• Check out YouTube/advance directive
• Visit the Conversation Project website

If you need to discuss options
• Talk with your doctor
• Talk with your pastor
• Talk with your family, friends, coworkers

Hopefully through this challenge many more people will have “the conversation” about their healthcare decisions and will complete an Advance Directive to make their wishes known. This is a precious gift for your loved ones.
It’s never too early, until it’s too late.

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, visit www.nhdd.org.