National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2018
It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Advanced planning had not taken place, and each member of the family has an opposing idea of what should be done.
In an effort to avoid such challenging situations, National Healthcare Decisions Day, celebrated annually on April 16, is an initiative to encourage the public of all ages to have conversation about their wishes for end-of-life care and document them for their families and health care providers to reference when needed in the future.
Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available to them or their loved ones. By waiting too long to learn about these possible options, people end up spending difficult days in the hospital or emergency room; thus, opportunities to be with loved ones at home are lost.
Completion of a living will, POLST/DNR orders or financial/medical power of attorneys – also known as advance directives – as well as organizing legal affairs, social security benefits and funeral arrangements will eliminate the unknown and increase patient satisfaction during a critical time.
So, don’t wait to have the conversation. Give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind this year by having discussions about end-of-life, so you can live each day as fully as possible.
The team at Unity Hospice is available to help you every step of the way in making your final decisions. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones.