The Alachua County Commission has declared the month of April National Health Care Decisions Month throughout Alachua County. Advance care planning involves making health care choices, executing advance directives and informing our loved ones. Completion of an advance directive allows an individual to state his or her wishes for care, even during a period of incapacity such as after an unexpected illness or accident or at the end of life.
UF, UF Health and organizations across the county, including LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services and Haven Hospice, worked to raise awareness about the importance of documenting one’s health care wishes.
“Before I Die” walls were installed at UF Health Sun Terrace, J. Wayne Reitz Union at UF, Santa Fe College and other locations. The walls were public art projects that enabled people to express their creativity and jot down bucket list items. Information at the sites also encouraged participants to document their medical preferences.