As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic means nothing is the same. Arizona has implemented a “stay-at-home” order to limit exposure. This means it is time for us to consider longer term precautions. Last week, we relayed a sad situation that emphasized the necessity of proper health care planning. This week, we must continue to emphasize the importance of this action.
Earlier we discussed how families may be resistant to talking about important matters. The truth is it may feel pessimistic to plan for the worst during a scary situation. But that is why it’s the most important time to do so. And you may have the time now to dedicate to these tasks.
Above all, you need to ensure that your loved ones have advance care directives. This will be an invaluable reference point for those who are assisting you. This directive should include instructions on your preferred methods of care and the contact information for each of your doctors.
You must also clearly state who will handle your affairs in the event of your death or incapacity. Even if you have done this already, we urge you to review it now. Do you have changes? Additions? Encourage your loved ones to do the same thing, and to communicate with you about what their directives say.
Here’s an article to read, and share with your parents (and adult kids, if you have them) on the 3 parts of a Health Care Directive, and the 5 things you want to look for in your Health Care Directive right now, to ensure it’s up to date for Covid-19.
If you are unsure whether your Health Care Directive is in top shape, call us for help.
There is never an inappropriate time to plan for the future. #WereAllInThisTogether and we’re here to support you, virtually now, as well. We can take care of you, and your family, fully online. Call us at 480 949 6500 or contact us online at Truestlaw.com.
For the month of April, we continue to offer Health Care Directives for you and your family at no charge to you. Next week we move into more discussion on your financial matters to consider.