End Of Life Planning

hand writing with penWe know what we want for ourselves and our loved ones, but few of us follow through by making our wishes known. Start the conversation about your end-of-life wishes with someone you trust: a family member, friend, member of the clergy, your nurse, or your physician. Sharing you wishes before you face a medical crisis will bring comfort to you and your loved ones. 
  • 90% of people polled say that talking with loved ones about end-of-life care is important, yet only 27% have actually done so.
  • 60% of people polled say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, yet 56% of those have not communicated their end-of-life wishes
  • 80% of people polled say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about medical treatment at the end of life, yet only 7% report having a conversation with their doctor.
  • 82% of people say it's important to put wishes in writing, but only 23% have actually done it. 

source: theconversationproject.org

THINK ABOUT YOUR CHOICES
It's not easy talking about the end of life, but your wishes gives a clear picture of the care you want.

  • What measures do you want taken to prolong your life?
  • What are your thoughts about pain management? 
  • How do you feel about life support systems?
  • Do you want to be in your home, if possible?

BENEFITS OF PLANNING

  • Prepare a Living Will, Advance Directive, or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, which designates someone you trust to make decision for you if you are not able. 
  • Keep up-to-date prescription information
  • Prepare detailed end-of-life care and treatment wishes
  • Consider counseling for you and family members
  • Keep financial plans and insurance policies up to date
  • Communicate with related social agencies, if needed