A reality of our healthcare system is that it’s really good at keeping people alive way past the point that they’re aware of being alive.
As a result, our parents stand a good chance of ending up in either a healthcare crisis or end-of-life situation where they can’t speak for themselves or make the big decisions that will determine the course of their treatment.
That means YOU are the person who will likely have to make these very hard decisions on their behalf. No pressure, right?
Clearly, this is a LOT of pressure. So, the question is: How do you get ready? You may have already heard about things like advance directives, living wills, doctor’s orders, power of attorney, healthcare proxy, and on and on. All the things that people SHOULD do to prepare for advanced illness and end-of-life.
The problem is it’s all really intimidating and more than a little bit overwhelming.