Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) believes you should have a say in your medical care throughout your entire life. Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal and based on values and beliefs. Because it is impossible to foresee every type of illness, it is essential to think in general about what is important to you. Conversations that focus on your wishes/beliefs will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want.
Decisions should be put into writing to ensure loved ones know your wishes and to make it easier for them to follow. The written form is called an Advanced Directive. Each state has different requirements and an attorney is not needed to create it.
In Illinois, you can designate someone to make medical care decisions with your doctors when you are no longer able to do so by using a Power of Attorney (POA) for Health Care.
Some things to discuss with your POA include:
- The importance of avoiding pain and suffering.
- Your desire to live as long as possible or to avoid prolonged suffering and disability.
- Your religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs.
- Your desire to be home or in a hospital your final weeks or days.
These discussions are best done before you experience a health crisis. Your wishes will be fulfilled and it takes the burden off your loved ones at a difficult time.
To learn more about the importance of Advanced Directives, please attend a free viewing and panel discussion of Being Mortal, to be held at JACH, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, April 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pre-register at joliethospice.org/events or by calling 815-740-4104. Free continuing education units available.
Joliet Area Community Hospice is a not-for-profit United Way Agency and this community’s choice for exceptional hospice and palliative care.
250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431
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