Tuesday Tip – NHDD
This Tuesday, April 16th, falls on National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This is a day to bring attention to the need for everyone to have advance directives. An advance directive is just what it sounds like – it is a way to guide people in advance. In other words, you tell your loved ones and medical providers what you do or do not want done if you are in unable to speak for yourself. A Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will spell out what you want or don’t want in terms of life-prolonging measures.
It is never comfortable to talk about our end of life wishes, but is truly the ultimate in being organized and certainly the best gift you can give your loved ones. By documenting what you want or don’t want, you save them the agony of assuming your desires and be confident they did what you would have done were you able to make such decisions.
Be sure to have the conversation with your family and complete your advance directives. Visit the NHDD site for more information and know you have done your best by those you love.