Make Your Wishes Known

Eighty percent of Americans say that if they were seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about how they would like their lives to end. Yet only seven percent actually have the conversation. Seventy-five percent of people want to die at home but only 25 percent actually do.

It may be difficult to imagine being too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Unfortunately, that time may come. Something happens – a critical injury, a debilitating illness, lack of response to a lifesaving treatment – and acting on your own behalf is no longer possible. 

Many resources now exist to make difficult conversations about end-of-life care preferences much easier. As a reminder, Elder Law Practice clients are provided with Do You Know My Wishes, a booklet that guides families through these important conversations. A comprehensive list of end-of-life discussion resources and other articles about advance care planning are also available on the Elder Law Practice’s website. Look for How We Want to Die, New Resources Make It Easier to Talk about End-of-Life Preferences, Creating a Healthcare Power of Attorney, and other articles in the Spring 2016 issue of The Continuum. In addition, Advance Care Planning Fact sheets available from the Administration on Aging’s Elder Care Locator, cover a wide range of topics. Access fact sheets at http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/Advanced_Care/Index.aspx.

If you have questions about using the Do You Know My Wishes booklet or any other end-of-life decision making resource, please call the office at (615) 824-2571.~

 

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