California Survey Highlights End-of-Life Problem

Most Californians would prefer to die a natural death at home, comfortable and without pain, according to a survey released by The California Healthcare Foundation last week.

Two-thirds said they’d prefer to die peacefully if suffering from a prolonged illness, with only 7% choosing all possible care to prolong life.

The problem is, that isn’t the way most Californians die.

Only 32% die at home, with 42% dying in hospitals and 18% in nursing homes. (“Other” accounts for the balance.)

And, given the way most medical facilities work, most of the 60% whose lives end in hospitals or nursing homes receive many more tests, surgeries and procedures than they would have wanted.

Why aren’t Californians dying the way they want?

Because only 23% have recorded their end-of-life preferences in writing.

Even though 82% say it’s important to do so.

Why?

That’s a complex question.

41% say they have “too many other things to worry about right now.” 26% “don’t want to think about death or dying.”

Of course. We all understand those reasons.

But we also know that, historically, creating an advance medical directive has been complicated, confusing and costly. Finding the right forms, consulting lawyers or notaries, knowing where to store them — those obstacles all made advance directives just too hard for most people to tackle on their own.

Not anymore.

MyDirectives.com makes creating advance directives simple, clear and free. You get to choose where you’d prefer to be. What kinds of end-of-life treatments you’d want to receive and which you wouldn’t. You also get to designate several people who can make those decisions for you if you aren’t able to make them yourself.

When you’re done, your universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD™) will be securely stored online. Only the loved ones and caregivers you authorize will have access to your wishes.

You’ll then have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, at the end, your loved ones won’t be left wondering why you didn’t let them know what you wanted them to do.

Like the families of 82% of today’s Californians.

The complete California Healthcare Foundation survey results can be found here.

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