Even in the best of circumstances, making such critical healthcare decisions can be difficult. But it is unwise to rely on others to make decisions on your behalf in the case of future medical emergencies. Everyone has the right and ability to make his or her wishes known. By informing your healthcare providers and loved ones of your wishes in advance, you’ll ensure that the right decisions would be made during what-if scenarios.
Depending on the state in which you live, your spouse or next of kin may not be able to automatically make medical decisions for you in an emergency situation. Sudden illness or accidents can happen to anyone at any time, so appointing a healthcare agent now is important.
If you put off documenting your healthcare wishes through an advance directive, you risk putting your family members through additional conflict, stress and confusion in the event that you are in a vulnerable position.
The Delaware Palliative team, a program of Delaware Hospice, expertly guides people through the process of advanced healthcare planning. The Delaware Palliative team can provide assistance to you, your loved one(s) or your healthcare provider(s). Contact the Delaware Palliative team by calling 1-800-838-9800, or by visiting www.delawarepalliative.org. You can also find the team on Facebook.
In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Delaware Hospice urges you to have those important conversations. Don’t wait for the “right time” to talk about advance directives with your family. Visit www.delawarehospice.org to find helpful information including advance directive forms, planning resources and tools.
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