There is never a “good” time to talk about death, dying, and disability. It’s a tough topic to bring up in conversation.
But, as difficult as it can be, advance care planning is a necessity. It helps you plan for unknown medical dilemmas ahead and provides an opportunity for you to prepare loved ones and care providers to make health care decisions on your behalf.
How do you start thinking about it? Play the “What If” game. For example, what if you had a stroke and could no longer care for yourself? Where would you prefer to live to receive the care you needed? Find out what others would want and then share what you would want.
Try a few of the following tips to ease into a conversation that will help you communicate how you want to be cared for in the event of a medical emergency or at the end-of-life:
- Focus on the recent illness or death of a relative, friend, or famous person and discuss the aspects of their care that you would and would not want for yourself in a similar situation.
- Paint a picture of what you want for yourself.
- Share information from an article, brochure, or radio/television special segment on the topic of advance care planning.
Please visit www.vsb.org to find out information about advance care planning and to find free forms.