Health Care Options

Not everyone has an advanced care directive that expresses specific wishes in the event of some form of emergency or death.

Not everyone has an advanced care directive that expresses specific wishes in the event of some form of emergency or death.


Health care is another important topic to discuss. If you want the best care with no misinterpretation regarding your desires and wishes, it is really truly wise to be well prepared for your later years. Your preparations will ease unwanted pressure on friends and family members. Doctors are often left asking family members to make decisions on behalf of specific loved ones. Human health is really complex and procedures are always changing. procedures and new technology are continuously improving. Include your health care providers in this part of the discussion with your loved ones. Your health care providers will assist you and give a better sense of what each of your current options means in a way that you can understand it best on an individual basis. There are also endless possibilities for health concerns, and many fear overlooking bad scenario or giving a bad directive. Some concerns may include decisions regarding artificial nutrition or fluids through a feeding tube? Dialysis machines in the event of kidney failure? breathing machine if unable to breathe? Transition care to hospice?

What is an advanced care directive?

Often known as proxies, directives award decision-making to another person. This is typically a trusted friend or family member who will act on your behalf if you're incapacitated. This person will be responsible for power of attorney, arranging funds for services, making caregiver decisions, coordinating care or arranging services.

56 percent of deaths occur in hospitals, clinics, or other medical facilities.  Doctors are not good at predicting exactly how long people will live. It is also not always clear if patients are still capable of making specific decisions on their own. Doctors rarely have end-of-life discussions with every patient. I'm guessing, that maybe making end-of-life decisions or having the discussion forces a person to face their own mortality. Doctors expect (and hope) that families are prepared to understand the wishes of their loved ones in medical emergencies. If you have not had a discussion touching on this with their loved one before, it may be hard to make its decisions in a time of crisis.  If you fail to make your wishes clear in advance, family members will be burdened with trying to understand what you would have wanted. It is very important to have advance directives and people you trust to assist you in critical situations. You may not always be responsive enough to make your preferences known in real time. It is better to have this intimidating discussion while you can, this is easier than the alternative when it's just too late.