Advance Planning – Make Plans for the Future…
…So You Can Live Your Best Life Today!
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
Although the need to share wishes regarding decision-makers and end-of-life issues certainly isn’t new, the COVID-19 crisis brings these considerations to the forefront and are top of mind among many families. Furthermore, as the emotional and mental health effects of the crisis accumulate, we also see the benefits of advance care planning for mental health and other non-end-of-life issues.
It’s important to have thoughtful conversations with your family and documenting your wishes can actually be a gift to your loved ones should you become critically ill and unable to advocate for yourself. Make your wishes known and your priorities clear.
A useful website and information regarding the use of certain documents is available at: https://www.nhpco.org/wp-content/uploads/Ohio.pdf
Another great resource is the Conversation Starter Guide: https://theconversationproject.org/get-started#Your-Conversation-Starter-Guide
For more information or assistance, McGregor wants to help advance the mission of planning your wishes by helping families and residents consider what is important to them, have discussions with family members and document healthcare wishes.
Our colleagues at McGregor and the Social Services Team can help and provide the forms you need.