Ask Yourself Important Questions this National Healthcare Decisions Day

By: Randi Siegel

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day!

This a day to ask yourself a few very important questions:

  • Do you have advance directives (healthcare power of attorney, living will, HIPAA) yet?
  • Have you spoken with your appointed healthcare surrogate about your care wishes and goals should you be unable to make decisions for yourself?
  • Do they and other loved ones know where you keep your directives?
  • Do you have an older relative or loved one who has not yet had this conversation with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, let today be an impetus for getting the process going. There are many great resources out there to help if you are feeling unprepared or unsure of what to do.

An excellent place to start is The Conversation Project, which provides tools for helping to get the ball rolling on such a difficult discussion with your loved ones.

You can also check out Caring Connections, which has both tips for getting the conversation started as well as links to state specific advance directive forms.

You can also check out our resource page for more options and information. However you choose to go about it, now is the time to get moving on making a plan for your future healthcare needs!

April 16, 2015 | NHDD (Nat'l Healthcare Decisions Day), Advance Care Planning News