A sticky, but necessary conversation
Since we've turned the page from March to April, make sure you circle Friday, April 16th on your calendars! National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th, and it's an important reminder for every adult to begin having conversations with loved ones about their most private wishes for medical and end-of-life care.
Far too many people assume that their families would make the choices they would want in an emergency. Yet every day we hear stories of adult children, siblings, or other relatives battling during a healthcare crisis over “what their loved one would have wanted” in that situation.
In honor of National Health Care Decisions Day, it's a wise idea to set aside time this month to begin difficult conversations with loved ones about your personal medical preferences for medical or long-term care if you haven't already. Here are some important questions to consider:
- Whom do you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf?
- How do you feel about feeding tubes, life support, and other artificial life-saving devices?
- Is there any type of medical care you would NEVER want?
- If you were permanently disabled or incapacitated, what things would contribute or take away from your “quality of life”?
- What are your thoughts on nursing home vs. in-home health care?
- How would you like your family to pay for the care you may need if co-pays become excessive or insurance does not cover your treatment?
One final key point to consider when documenting your wishes and choosing the healthcare agent that will ultimately carry them out is that the person you choose should want to have this responsibility. There are people who do not want or can not handle making medical decisions–even for their own spouse.
Remember, if the time comes that the health care directive needs to be used it is going to be a very high-stress, emotional time for this person. Are they up for the job? Do they want the job? So, take the time to have an additional conversation with whomever you are considering to make sure that they can and will be willing and able to make the decisions that you would want them to make.
April S. Grunden
Grunden Law Office, LLC
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