Losing the capacity to make critical decisions about your health is scary, but it doesn’t have to be any made worse. National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th is a day for everyone to take stock and consider who will help them make these essential decisions to ease worries about the future.
Since 2008, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) has been helping bring awareness to the importance of advanced care planning. NHDD is celebrated across the country by multiple organizations with a series of independent events. It aims to make the topic of advanced care planning more comfortable and normal, an inescapable plan we have to make. Individuals, families, providers, and communities can all benefit from these conversations in spreading the knowledge of what’s available for advanced care planning and how to start the process.
Who will make your health care choices when you are unable? How can you be sure your end-of-life choices are honored? These are all great questions to look at this April. Some of the topics important to discuss include:
Health Care Proxy: A Health Care Agent who can make medical decisions for you if you are unable to communicate your health care wishes.
Living Will: A written document stating your wishes for end-of-life care.
Power of Attorney: A person who has the power to act as your agent on your behalf for legal and financial decisions.
Tully Law Group, PC Elder Care & Estate Planning Attorneys
As elder care and estate planning attorneys, you’d be amazed at how often our client conversations revolve around a client’s health, finances, and relationships. In fact, that’s what estate planning is all about. Helping a client establish an estate plan has everything to do with a client’s family, the assets to be inherited, and ultimately their aging, health, and even mortality. So let’s add one more small resolution to help ourselves and our loved ones – establish or review your estate plan this year. It’s a simple phone call to us, and we’ll help take care of the rest. This will help you organize your life and finances and give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve provided for your loved ones and made their lives simpler.
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