2016 National Healthcare Decisions Day

Care to Prepare to Communicate your Medical Preferences!

During a scene from a recent popular British TV show representing life and relationships in the early 20th Century, one of the character comments, “Life is short, death is sure”.

Today in the early years of the 21st Century, this statement is no longer true in American life.

Life can be very long, and death is uncertain due to the many advances in medicine and medical technology.  Now that “tax season” comes to a close on April 15th, we can begin to address your preferences for medical choices and Advance Care Planning.  Here is a website for,  National Healthcare Decisions Day that has excellent resources for individuals and families to discuss end of life choices and prepare advance directives.

Consider Advance Care Planning First

Maybe you are not ready to think about your death or the dying process. Please consider preparing your own original document that puts in writing what you want others to know about yourself that make you the person you are today.  This way you can prepare for healthcare services that are relevant for your life today. This way, you can revisit your medical preferences on a regular basis, making changes as you go through life, health, illness, and aging.

Every adult, age 18 and older, has the right, (and along with that comes the responsibility), to self-determine their medical preferences. This is the 21st Century.  We are in an “information era”. This means that you can document who you are and the quality of life that matters to you for your healthcare professionals. Telling your doctors about yourself before any treatment begins will build a stronger and more productive relationship between you and your doctor. Consider working with a professional to design your own Statement of Medical Preferences with Graceful Conversations.

Taking these steps for documenting your medical preferences before or as you prepare your advance directive forms, will create trust and value in your ongoing conversations you have with your healthcare professionals throughout your adult lives. In the 21st Century, we can all be empowered to enter these personal medical conversations as partners in our healthcare services.

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