Make Healthcare Decisions Before A Health Crisis

Do you know your loved ones’ wishes in an event of a health crisis? Now is a good time to start a discussion with your family and the people you love about their healthcare preferences in the event that they cannot make decisions for themselves.

You can complete your own Advance Directive, which includes a living will (describing the treatment you want in the future), a Durable Power of Attorney (designating the person who will speak for you) and a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment or POLST form (providing medical orders for current treatment), in the event that you or your loved one is too sick to make healthcare decisions for yourselves.

Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps avoid difficult situations when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted.