The COVID-19 pandemic has people all over thinking about their health care priorities in case they are ever incapacitated because of a serious illness. If you don’t have a will and realize that you haven’t specified what you want to happen if you became extremely ill, then you need to talk to the people in your life about your wishes.
Do You Know Where You Would Prefer to Pass Away?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 70% of Americans would rather pass away in their home. In reality, though, 70% of people in the U.S. die in a hospital, nursing home, or a long-term care facility. If you don’t want to spend your final moments of life in a medical facility, then you need to talk to your family members about your end-of-life preferences.
Are You Nervous About Discussing These Issues with Family?
California’s state Health Care Foundation conducted a survey of residents and found that while 60% of people say that not burdening their family with extremely tough decisions is important, 56% have failed to actually convey their final wishes to loved ones.
Ask for Your Doctor’s Input
Your doctor is likely the only other person who understands your body as well as you. This is why you should consult with your physician to get their insight from experiences with other senior patients.
Consult With a Seasoned Estate Planning Attorney
If you want to make certain your wishes are respected by your family and others who might benefit from your estate after your death, then you need to meet with a skilled lawyer to draft the necessary legal documents you need to clearly express your end-of-life decisions and eliminate your stress.