FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Two More Wishes to Go
Be careful what you wish for is the theme
that comes to mind when watching the Town Hall
meetings that are happening across the country
this month. The topic is health care
reform and the conversations are energized to
say the least. I have long had the wish to
see us as a nation fully engaged in a
thought-provoking healthcare conversation. It is
one topic that is especially valuable to present
and future caregivers. Better we talk of health
reform around the water cooler than what
happened last night on Jon and Kate or who was
latest contestant to leave the island.
In particular, it is good to hear people talk
about advanced directives. Of course, some
of the definitions of advanced directives and
end of life planning that are being bandied
about need clarification. The funny thing is
that whenever advanced directives are discussed
in public, more people are made aware of them
which leads to more being filled out for
ourselves and our loved ones.
everything of importance to caregivers, it is
vital for us to seek out the truth. Whether it
is dealing with our healthcare partners, long
-term care placement, hospice care, or end of
life planning, there are too many opportunities
for mal-information to be disseminated.
When that happens, it actually helps no one and
can possible be harmful to our loved ones.
So in the interest of furthering useful
conversation, please allow me to help with a
textbook definition of advanced directives used
for purpose of end-of-life planning. The
following is taken directly from the Wikipedia
website: Advance health care
directives, also known as living
wills, advance directives, or advance decisions,
are instructions given by individuals specifying
what actions should be taken for their health in
the event that they are no longer able to make
decisions due to illness or incapacity.
Pretty simple and vitally important.
my personal story on the topic:
Many of you have heard about my dog Morris
who accompanies me everywhere and is in fact
sitting with me on the chair as I write this.
He asked me to see if you would lend a hand and
vote for him
in this week’s competition.