Time to talk about end-of-life wishes
Who would speak for you about your health care and medical decisions if you were unable to do so? It’s never too early to start talking about advanced care plans and end-of-life wishes, and you can start April 16 on National Healthcare Decisions Day.
HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage you to have this discussion with your family members regardless of your age or health status. From millennials to senior citizens, we all need to make our health care wishes known so our families don’t have to make difficult decisions in an emergency situation or if our health begins to fail.
Start talking about advance directives — a living will and health care power of attorney or health care proxy. In the case of a living will, this legal document spells out what specific medical treatments you want and don’t want. A health care power of attorney or health care proxy delineates a specific person who can make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to tell health care providers yourself.
You don’t need a lawyer to put your signed wishes on paper.Learn more from HAP about how to get started here. Pennsylvania hospitals and health care providers can learn more about HAP’s support for a number of end-of-life initiatives at its website.
You also can contact your community hospital or health care provider. Many will be hosting educational events April 16 and throughout the year.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is all about not waiting until it’s too late. Don’t make your family guess what you’d want in times of medical crisis. If everyone’s prepared, you all can get moving toward living a long, healthy life!