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Talking About Treatment Preferences

If a stroke survivor lacks the cognitive or physical ability to dictate their needs and preferences, often times a family member is forced to make important medical decisions for them.

There are several preventatives measures that can be taken before an incident to insure you receive the specific type of treatment you desire, but it is critical that your loved ones know and understand your wishes—before something happens.

Talk With Your Family

Discussions about critical care can be hard to have, but are essential. Use this discussion as an opportunity to cover everything from the type of care facilities you are comfortable with to the details of your environment, including whether or not you want music played in your room or prayer at your bedside. Knowing this information will prove very valuable to your loved ones, who will want nothing more than to make you as happy and comfortable as possible during your rehabilitation process.

For help starting your discussion, consider these Five Wishes. The Five Wishes worksheet is a version of an Advance Medical Directive, combining the features of a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will. Healthcare professionals in nearly every state will consider this document when determining your treatment options.

The 5 Wishes are:

  • Which person you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t.
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.
  • How comfortable you want to be.
  • How you want people to treat you.
  • What you want your loved ones to know.

By: Buckley Ann Kuhn Fricker J.D., GCM, President of Buckley’s For Seniors, LLC

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"There are several preventatives measures that can be taken before an incident to insure you receive the specific type of treatment you desire, but it is critical that your loved ones know and understand your wishes—before something happens."
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