When you are ill and can’t speak, who will speak for you?
You may become incapacitated due to illness at any time. That’s where caregivers come in. These family members and other people in your life, often unsung heroes, take care of you when you can’t look after yourself.
According to the Caregiver Action Network, “Two out of every five adults are caregivers. 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or disabled.” If you have or are currently caring for a loved one, in honor of National Caregivers Month and your sacrifice, we want to say thank you. November is filled with thankfulness; take the opportunity to extend that goodwill to celebrate National Caregivers Month. While this is an excellent chance to acknowledge individuals in your life who are taking care of your loved ones, it can also be a reminder to be proactive about making plans for your future.
Make your caregiver’s job easier if you are ever incapacitated. Designate someone to be your voice and make decisions when you are unable to. Making a living will can be scary— it might just be something you don’t want to think about. But like it or not, someone is going to be responsible for you and by clearly outlining your wishes, you can give yourself, and others peace of mind as to your preferred care and treatment. Illness is a stressful and hard enough time as it is, make it easier by learning more about creating a living will here.