Interesting article on Forbes.com the other day titled, “The Healthcare Conversation You Need To Have Now.” The focus of the story is on the importance of end-of-life care issues. Below is an excerpt from the article.
As the healthcare decision maker for her aging mom who had dementia, Ellen Goodman struggled because they had never had a conversation about her wishes for end-of-life care. “I was repeatedly faced with decisions for which I felt unprepared and pretty much blindsided,” says Goodman, who now runs The Conversation Project, which guides people through these difficult conversations. “Often, the difference between a good death and a hard death for survivors was whether they had a conversation with their loved ones about their wishes, and whether they were respected,” she says.
Having that conversation is key and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) wants to encourage all Arizonans to have the tools and resources they need to make their end of life wishes known. How? Simply visit the Thoughtful Life Conversations (TLC) website.
TLC put together a short video on the importance of making sure you document your end of life wishes and make them known! You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
If you still believe it’s too early or just not the right time to have a thoughtful life conversation about end of life care – remember…..it’s always too early until it’s too late! AzHHA wants to encourage you to have that incredibly important conversation.
Below are a few more stories on advance directives and the conversations all of us should be having with our loved ones. Once you’ve had an opportunity to read a few of them, we would love to hear what you think. Generating meaningful conversations around the issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!