Many Americans are not prepared for end-of-life. Some simply do not wish to discuss the topic and others simply don’t know where to begin. Watch Planning for End-of-Life to learn more about this topic:
Planning Ahead Checklist
Proper planning for end-of-life can help ensure your wishes are honored and can provide useful direction to your loved ones should they be faced with difficult decisions about your medical care.
Below you will find a checklist of what you should do to properly plan for end-of-life:
- Get the information you need to make informed choices about end-of-life care.
- Get to know end-of-life care services that are available to you. Visit Find a Hospice to locate hospices in your community.
- Discuss your thoughts, concerns and choices with your loved ones.
- Talk to your doctor about different treatments.
- Discuss Advance Care Planning.
- Complete advance directives (a living will and medical power of attorney).
- Talk to your healthcare agent, family and doctor about your choices.
- Discuss your choices often, especially when your medical condition changes.
- Keep your completed advance directives in an accessible place.
- Give photocopies of the signed originals to your healthcare agent, alternate agents, doctor, family, friends, clergy and anyone else who might be involved in your healthcare.
- Assess your financial situation, create a financial inventory and determine what end-of-life goals you want to accomplish that involve money.
- Learn about the cost of end-of-life care, how medical bills and expenses will be paid for if you are not able to.
- Make financial decisions such as how you want to give your money and possessions to others upon your death.
- Prepare for the time when you cannot handle money matters; appoint a durable power of attorney.
- Plan your funeral/memorial service.
Planning Ahead helps those you love.
Planning for end-of-life can be uncomfortable but remember, it can help protect your wishes and assist your loved ones during difficult situations. Proper planning for the end-of-life can be a gift to those you love.