Your family should always know what would happen in the rare case that something happens to you. April 16th was National Healthcare Decisions Day. New statistics show that 70% of Americans do not have an advanced care plan in place for control of their health care needs should a situation arise. HSHS Illinois Hospitals are encouraging all Illinoisans to have those conversations and put their wishes into writing.
Medical providers are reminding everyone that discussions around advance directives, living wills, and a power of attorney are critical and decisions made now could have significant impacts down the road, including making things easier for your family and health care providers.
National Healthcare Decision Day was founded in 2008 as a way to encourage families to discuss those health care decisions sooner rather than later and to make those end-of-life decisions for health care known. Some topics to discuss with your family include naming a power of attorney for health care, how you want to be cared for, religious practices or limitations, and who can access your medical records.
For more information about advance directives or how to start the conversation, visit the CDC website or visit https://www.cdc.gov/aging/advancecareplanning/index.htm.