Phillyburbs.com: With National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16) upon us, now is the best time for all of us, but especially senior citizens, to have “the conversation” with our loved ones and our doctors about advance care planning.
“The conversation” is the most critical part of advance-care planning, and can remove some of the challenges of dying and make that time of transition more about what it should be — living.
The importance of advance-care planning has become a frequent topic in the media, so it’s likely that the people closest to you will have heard about it.
And you don’t have to start from scratch. Many “how-to” resources exist to assist you in this process. Material and information are available through Five Wishes, the Conversation Project, the American Bar Association, and Engage With Grace, among others. Many of these tools are available for free.