It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late

| By Jodi Horton

We just wanted to remind you that Saturday, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and we encourage you to take some time that day to review your advance directives.

When you complete your advance directives, you are letting others know what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want if you were unable to speak for yourself. It gives you peace of mind to know others will be able to give you the healthcare you would want, and it gives peace of mind to your friends and family who will be faced with these important decisions.

Though it may be uncomfortable or even seem unnecessary if you’re in good health, advance directives are not about making decisions in the moment. It’s about being prepared for if and when the moment comes. It never hurts to be prepared.

Submit a request to Casa de la Luz Foundation for a free copy of the Five Wishes, and schedule a time to sit down with the person you’d like to choose to be your healthcare power of attorney. Review the document together, and explain to him or her what kinds of treatments you would or would not want. If your power of attorney is comfortable fulfilling your wishes, fill out the Five Wishes, obtain the proper signatures, and carefully file it away in a secure and accessible spot. Don’t forget to give your power of attorney and your physicians copies of your Five Wishes.

Casa de la Luz Hospice provides hospice care services to Tucson and southern Pinal County. For more information about hospice, contact our office at (520) 544-9890.

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