Franklin - What do CPR, donating your kidneys and who decides what happens to you have in common? They are all decisions that you'll need to consider when making your Advanced Directives. April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It's a day for you, your loved ones, people you don't love but just sort of like, that guy down the street who you wave to every day, really everyone to take a few moments to work on a simple but important document: Advanced Directives. The care we want, or don't want, to receive in a situation where we can't speak for ourselves is as varied and individual as each of us is. That's why it's so important to really think about the kind of care you want and who should direct that care for you if you're unable to do it for yourself.
Won’t it all just work itself out? Sadly, no. The policies and procedures for emergency situations and healthcare needs vary from place to place and may not match up with what you want. If you cannot speak for yourself, the advanced directives can help guide those decisions and name someone who will be empowered to make decisions for you. Advanced directives can be as simple or as detailed as you want. Some things to consider when writing yours are: if you had a cardiac arrest, do you want CPR; what if you've had a debilitating stroke, does that change your answer; what if you aren't able to express your wishes, who do you want to speak for you - your daughter, your spouse, a close friend; after you die, and it happens to all of us, do you want to donate your kidneys or other organs?
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