National Health Care Decision Day 2017

NHDD takes place annually, the week of April 16. GMOL and its partners celebrate NHDD with communities throughout Alameda County. In 2017, we celebrated “Decision Day” at community cafés located in three different cities within Alameda County. “Come and get yourself a free coffee” while being able to engage in a “conversation” about health care choices and complete an advance directive!

What you can do at the event:

  1. Meet new people, get to know one another and share your stories/thoughts as much or less as you wish;
  2. Play the fun Heart to Heart game/the Go Wish card game and acknowledge/prioritize your wants and needs;
  3. Learn about advance care planning from professionals who can answer your questions;
  4. Complete an Advance Directive to document the care you wish to get.

We had fun. A wide ethnic mix of attendees including Asian, Pilipino, Hispanic, African American, and white with a median age of 41 participated in NHDD this year at Suju’s Café and Tea in Fremont, at the Eon Coffee Shop in Hayward and at the 1951 Café in Berkeley.  All together 18 People completed their Advance Directives (AD), and Comfort Homesake distributed the wallet card to those who completed their AD.


Reflections

Bridge Hospice hosted the Eon Cafe in Heyward on the National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 2017, supported by volunteers from the East Bay Conversation Project. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game. Berkeley Cafe 1951 featured Comfort Homesake, ACE Hospice, and translators from the UC Berkeley Volunteer Health Interpreter Organization, with Michael Kessler playing the "Go Wish" game.