“It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”
That’s the theme for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016. It’s why April 16 was chosen to shine a light on a topic that few people want to talk about, let alone think about.
The prospect that you may one day be unable to make or communicate decisions about your own care is a frightening one to consider. But it is, nevertheless, one you need to consider. Should that day ever come, your loved ones will already be having a tough time. You can ease their emotional burden by providing clear direction for your medical care.
Advance directives are the easiest way to communicate your wishes, and they come in two main forms. You can designate someone as your “healthcare power of attorney,” empowering that person to make all decisions. It’s best to have an open and honest conversation with that person, so they are fully prepared to carry out your wishes.
You can also create a living will that lays out which medical treatments you do or do not want if you cannot communicate. It will also note whether you’d like to donate your organs in the event of your passing.
Visit NHDD.org to learn more about the importance of these decisions. This is your opportunity to ensure that you are cared for in the manner you prefer, and that your loved ones are prepared to help each other and you through a difficult time.