Monday is National Healthcare Decision Day, a day designed to help people be prepared for a healthcare emergency.
Dr. Diane Dietzen, Baystate Medical Center’s Medical Director of Palliative Care, told 22News that everyone over the age of 18 should have a health care proxy. That’s a person who makes health care decision for you if you can’t.
Dr. Dietzen said having a living will also take some of the stress out of decision-making for your proxy.
“It is so much more stressful and difficult for your family if you haven’t done this,” Dr. Dietzen explained. “And if you can put yourself in that place and say ‘At least if I’ve done a little bit to let them know, it will be a lot better for them in a tough situation.'”
The theme for this year’s Healthcare Decision Day is “It’s always seems too early until it’s too late.”