April 16th is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to highlight the importance of advanced health care decision making. Making healthcare decisions *before* an actual medical emergency is critical. It means those taking care of you – both your loved ones and medical professionals – can make informed decisions about your care, following your guidance and wishes along the way.
We have been supporting our clients’ healthcare wishes for more than ten years by providing comprehensive estate plans that include documents for healthcare decisions clients need in a medical emergency. These can include a healthcare power of attorney, living will, and HIPAA authorizations, among others.
Our firm has always stressed the value of these documents and emphasized to clients the importance of talking to their family about their wishes. We understand these conversations can be uncomfortable and challenging but by talking about what you want before something happens, it can make future difficult situations much easier. It is a real gift to the family.
So, what are these documents?
We also take our commitment to advanced planning further by making sure that clients’ healthcare directives are immediately available to family members, the hospital, or physician’s office in an emergency. We provide a membership to DocuBank, which allows clients to have access to their Power of Attorney, medical directives, and other critical medical information around the clock, just by carrying a wallet card.
We are glad National Healthcare Decisions Day leads to thoughts and conversations about healthcare decisions. Having swift and immediate access to well-drafted healthcare directives in a medical emergency can reduce stress on patients, hospital staff, and most importantly, loved ones. This is why we are participating in NHDD 2021. We want to help make sure that everyone has protected themselves and those they love by completing advance directives.
In honor of NHDD, please contact our office at (248) 409-0256 to see how we can provide information and tools for you to talk about your wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers. We can also assist with the execution of written advance directives, healthcare power of attorney and HIPAA authorizations in accordance with Michigan state laws.