It’s Never Too Early To Prepare For An Unexpected Medical Crisis
Many individuals and families tend to postpone, duck, ditch, and/or pretend they don’t need to have certain important conversations. These are the conversations about what would happen if something unthinkable happened.
What if you suddenly died, got into a serious accident and were left incapacitated or you were diagnosed with a serious illness?
You get the picture? No one really wants to consider these types of events, however, if they are not discussed and arrangements made, in the event something did occur, who will know what your wishes are?
For instance do you know what aspects of your healthcare are important to you? Who would you want to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself? Do you want life support? Do you want to donate your organs or not?
Many people wait until they are older to address these type of medical crisis issues.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t always wait for old age. Often incidents make the news when someone young is injured and goes into a coma. The families of these individuals are typically distraught and don’t know what to do.
Every capable adult – that means anyone over 18 years of age – has the basic right to make choices about their health care in the event of a medical crisis. That includes the right to choose or to refuse medical treatment. You can establish your desires by filling out an Advance Directive for Health Care form. These forms can be found online. Once the form is signed and witnessed it is legal. The forms can be changed, just like a will can be.
There is no reason to wait for old age.
This is a conversation that families can have to assure their loved ones that everything will be decided. This type of pre-planning is truly a gift to loved ones. Hopefully, you’ll never have to pull the document out, but there is a great sense of peace knowing every situation that would put loved ones in a difficult position is handled.