Create an end-of-life plan
Many unique concerns might impact end of life care. If you become disabled or critically ill later in life, this planning protects those decisions you want respected and empowers those people you have appointed in key roles to take action.
End of life care planning addresses things such as:
- Your medical preferences if you are unable to speak for yourself
- Advanced purchases such as a pre-planned burial or funeral
- Whether you want to stay at home on hospice or enter a facility, if needed
This involves creating a plan for what preferences you have on these and other issues as well as appointing the people you trust to make those decisions for you.
- Identify someone who will make decisions in the event of your incapacitation or death
- Document advance medical directives
- Designate Medical Power of Attorney or Healthcare Proxy
- Document final wishes and funeral service details
- Prepay for funeral or memorial services
- Get insurance with appropriate coverage
- Update emergency contacts
- Create an "In case of death" Binder