People set goals in almost everything they do. As humans, it’s our nature to make plans so that everything falls into place when the time comes, and we don’t end up scrambling at the last minute. Many of us plan our careers, relationships, future home, and even our retirement lifestyle. This brings us to question – are we planning for our future healthcare needs too?
At Devinity Hospice, we provide hospice palliative care in Humble, Texas, and we primarily serve patients with a life-limiting illness. This illness, perhaps, didn’t go as planned. Hence, it’s important to consider advanced care planning to prepare for such health situations.
- Advance Care Planning: What Is it?
Ultimately, the goal for Advance Care Planning is to guide family members in making decisions when you won’t have the ability to decide for yourself later on. It involves putting your wishes and preferences into writing. It includes your plans for health care, the types of treatment you want, and other related advance directives.
- It’s a Touchy Subject
For many of us, it’s a conversation we may rather not have. We can imagine how uncomfortable it is to talk about end-of-life care for someone alive and well. However, we have to consider how even more uncomfortable it will be if we had to talk about the same topic in the unprecedented death or sudden diagnosis of a terminal illness. It is a subject worthy of a discussion, so it’s best to find the right time to talk about it sooner than later. Advance Care Planning relieves family members of the unnecessary burden of decision-making during critical times. When planning, one must be in full capacity to make decisions and may even appoint a substitute decision-maker in the event of his or her incapacity.
- So, do you need Advance Care Planning?
For many years, we’ve been providing hospice care in Texas. We’ve seen families being forced to have difficult discussions because their loved one suddenly falls under a critical condition. It’s hard for the family to be calm and objective at this point as they try to second guess the appropriate course of action. We want to help your family avoid a similar predicament, so it’s important to consider Advance Care Planning as early as possible. Discussing future medical care or end-of-life care is a conversation that is best done over the kitchen table or in the family living room – not in the ICU. So, if you haven’t considered Advance Care Planning yet, plan it now.