Plan the Journey Ahead

Remember that last minute, unplanned trip? How did it compare to a trip you were able to plan in advance? The latter probably went much more smoothly and was more enjoyable. The same is true about life planning.

There are important questions like, Do you want your life to be prolonged by machines? How long do you want to continue medical treatment? Would you want to continue medical treatment even if it became a burden to your family?

Many people find this conversation a difficult one to start. The first step is to make sure you have your own advance directive in order.  Unexpected health situations can happen to anyone, at any age.  So even if you feel invincible now, you never know what tomorrow might bring. You can download the Five Wishes form (in English or Spanish) or contact us at 575-523-4700 for more information.

Once you fill it out, make sure your health care provider has a copy, and most importantly, talk about your wishes with family members. Also, share your wishes with your friends and ask them "what if ...". If you're still unsure how to bring this subject up, has an "easy, even entertaining way to talk about what is most important to you."