No one ever plans to be terminally ill. This is why end-of-life documents and plans are important to have in order while we are of sound mind. Having these guidelines complete will help your family respond to a traumatic event with considerably less stress. Trying to make all the funeral decisions are overwhelming enough, not to mention finding ways to resolve credit cards, real estate, bank accounts, retirement, life insurance and more. We found a great resource Getting your Affairs In Order from the Department of Health and Human Services that has wonderful easy-to-follow steps to assist you in the process. It is never too early to start getting your things in order; your family will be grateful you did.
When hospice services are provided as early as possible, the benefits are the greatest as your loved one is able to maintain their independence, organize personal affairs, complete important tasks and be able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
Whether you are the patient or family, even the smallest decisions become most meaningful because you are seeking the best quality of life. When you are not able to make decisions because of illness and you want a particular person to make decisions for you, such as a family member, it is best to complete a state-approved form such as a durable power of attorney. This will legally give the person of your choice the right to decide health care matters for you. Additionally, there are other end-of-life documents that could be beneficial when it comes to making critical decisions such as an advanced directive which allows you to identify your wishes regarding medical treatments.