How communicative are you with your doctor? In order to get the best service from your regular physicians, it is recommended that you have conversations about all four of the topics listed below:
- What the phrase “quality of life” means to you.For some individuals, “quality of life” means maximizing time with loved ones. Others may prioritize other things like relief from pain or other symptoms. It may even mean remaining independent and making your own decisions for care and where you want to be treated. If you communicate this point with your doctor now, it can make processes go much more smoothly when the time comes to act to preserve that “quality of life”.
- What your religious, cultural, or personal beliefs are.It is important to share anything that might play a significant role in your care and treatment decisions. It may prevent qualms of conscience, or relieve societal pressures to have these conversations with your doctor ahead of time.
- Which treatments you may or may not want in ordinary and extreme circumstances.
You have the human and American right to refuse any treatment that you do not wish to receive.
- Whether or not you have a living will or health care proxy.
It is a good idea to give your doctor a copy of your will or health care proxy in case of unforeseen circumstances. If you don’t have either of these, it is an even better idea to set these up.
So next time you visit your primary care physician, or other regular health care professional, we recommend striking up some conversation if the time permits. For any questions regarding senior insurance, SeniorQuote is always here to help as well!
Original Article Published in AARP Bulletin September
Original Article By Lisa Haney
Article wording has been changed for reposting on SeniorQuote.com