Take Time to Talk: Your Wishes Matter

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Wellness

Do you know your parents’ wishes if they become seriously ill? Have you talked with your loved ones about what matters most to you? Having your future health care choices known and protected provides peace of mind for you and those you love.

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, plan ahead and take the time to start this important conversation with your family. Completing an advance directive gives your doctors and family guidance on how to care for you if you cannot speak for yourself or make your wishes known to them.

Ask yourself this question and then discuss with friends and family:

Do you want to be kept alive on machines as long as possible, or to be allowed to die as gently as possible?

While questions like this are not easy to answer, speaking with your loved ones ahead of time and preparing an advance directive will help ensure your wishes are honored.

For more information and tools to talk about wishes with your family, friends and health care providers, visit Sutter’s Advance Health Care Directives resources page or visit NHDD.org

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Wellness | Comments Off on Take Time to Talk: Your Wishes Matter

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