April 16 - 22 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Learn more about advance care planning and end-of-life decision-making with these videos, articles, and resources. As you read, keep in mind that when it comes to your own advance care planning, the decisions you document today, will help your loved ones avoid having to guess what you want.


Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs talks about cognitive decline and its impact on healthcare decision-making.

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis discusses the importance of sharing end-of-life wishes with your healthcare provider.

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis and Chet Gentry, M.D., a Cookeville physician who actively supports patients in their decision-making process, presen a program on end-of-life decision-making.


25 Suggested Topics to Discuss with Your Health Care Agent: This free checklist will help you talk about your wishes with family, friends, and healthcare providers. 
How We Want to Die: A thought-provoking article that discusses the most important conversation America isn't having.
Creating a Healthcare Power of Attorney Doctors Will Actually Read: Explains the basics of creating this important advance care planning document.
Advance Care Planning: How It Looks in Real Life: A client shares her experience executing decisions laid out in a loved one's advance care plan.
New Resources Make It Easier to Talk about End of Life Preferences: Offers a variety of resources for family decision-making. 
National Healthcare Decisions Day Public Resources: Find links to a variety of information and resources that will support you during the decision-making process.
“National Healthcare Decisions Day is an important day of awareness and education focused on encouraging everyone, including those who are healthy and in the prime of their life, to think about and document care treatment preferences before a crisis,” said Timothy L. Takacs, a Certified Elder Law Attorney, founder and partner at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Hendersonville-based elder care law practice that has been assisting clients with advance planning for more than 25 years. “As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient,” said Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis, partner at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law. “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.” 
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