As an aging adult, have you had any conversations with your family about what would happen if you had a sudden illness or accident and were unable to make decisions for yourself? It is important for your loved ones to know what you want in the event of a sudden crisis or incapacity. You should begin these conversations as soon as possible about your personal preferences for medical and long-term care choices. We would like to share with you some questions you can ask yourself along with your family to begin this critical discussion.

• Whom do you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf?
• Whom do you NOT want to make decisions for you?
• What are your thoughts about feeding tubes, life support, and other artificial life-saving devices?
• Is there any type of medical care you would NEVER want?
• If you were permanently disabled or incapacitated, what would contribute or take away from your “quality of life?”
• If you could choose, what are your thoughts on skilled nursing home care versus in-home healthcare?
• How would you like your family to pay for the care you may need if co-pays become excessive or insurance does not cover your treatment?

All of your decisions and choices should be documented in your estate plan. Make an appointment to meet with an experienced and qualified Wisconsin estate planning attorney as soon as possible. Your estate planning attorney can offer advice and assistance as you choose a healthcare decision maker who will ultimately carry out all your decisions if you are unable.

We know this article may raise more questions that it answers. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting with attorney Alan Hougum today.