The holiday season always brings families together and can serve as a prime opportunity to have a conversation about what you and your loved ones want at the end of life. Some of the considerations you may discuss can include: the use of a breathing machine, starting dialysis, if you want to be resuscitated if you stop breathing, feeding tubes, or whether or not you wish to donate your organs someday.
Every year, some 12 million Americans need home services due to illness, disability, or end-of-life care. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent pass away in hospital and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 have actually done so.
Having a plan and making concrete decisions not only relieves your loved-0nes of these tough calls, but it also ensures that decisions made on your behalf are truly what you would want to receive. For many, broaching this subject can be tough-talking about our mortality isn’t an easy thing to do. A good starting point can be discussing important documents that everyone should have – Advanced Directives (also known as a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare). It is recommended anyone over the age of 18 complete one, healthy or not. This document allows a specific person you designate to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you cannot make them for yourself. It is important that you take careful consideration into who you choose to speak on your behalf. Select someone who you trust and know will follow through with your wishes.
There are several other important documents that an individual should have in the event a crisis occurs. Click on the link below for this important list and more information about end-of-life decisions.
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