Planning can bring peace of mind for all
You and your loved one have the right to determine and direct the type of medical care received. By choosing hospice, you are exercising that right for your end of life care.
Many people look at advance directives as talking about death, but it is actually talking about life, the life you will choose.
Advance directives allow you to control your health care and your life and are important for everyone, not just those receiving hospice or palliative care.
DO stop and think about what is important for you in your health care. What does your quality of life look like for you? Who would you trust to ensure your wishes are indeed carried out?
DO have your wishes documented. The documents can include medical directives, Power of Attorney for Health (POAH), and Power of Attorney for financial (POAF) and a Living Will. While it is advisable to have an attorney either draft or review these documents, there are legally-binding forms that make the process very easy. Click here for great resources.
DO tell your health care team and your loved ones that your wishes have been documented. It is an act of love for your loved ones. Having POAH and POAF selected will allow them to focus on your care.
DO enjoy the peace of mind and a sense of control knowing that your advanced directives are being honored and executed by people you trust.
Preparing advance directives is not an exercise reserved only for those facing a life-limiting illness. Every adult should consider having advance directives on file to ease the burden on loved ones should something unimaginable occur. It is never too early to initiate this conversation. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping everyone in this area.
Spending a short amount of time taking care of advance directives will significantly ease discomfort for you and your loved ones and ensure your wishes are honored and followed.