It’s the New Year’s resolution time again… full of promises of new habits, better diets, gym memberships, you name it.
The connection between the New Year and thinking seriously about our health is no coincidence. We often take our health for granted until it declines, or until something happens to a family member or friend that affects us to the point of considering our own situation.
This time, though, let’s do something different… something better. Let’s not just commit to improving our health, let’s also make plans in case of an emergency, an accident or a health crisis. Let’s face it, if there’s a crisis, chances are we won’t know the doctors treating us (probably not the paramedics or nurses either) and we could easily be disoriented or in a state of shock and not thinking clearly.
The easiest thing to do is to name some people (called “Healthcare Agents” or “Medical Proxies”) who know us well and are willing to help make decisions if we can’t. We can also give them, and our future doctors, some insight into what we want, our values and goals and the kinds of decisions we would make if we were coherent and able to communicate (called an “advance care plan” or “advance directive”).
We allow you to do it for free and have the piece of mind to know your wishes can be retrieved in an instant. Encourage your loved ones to do the same – you’re giving them a gift they’ll appreciate for a lifetime.