Beware: Without a plan, others will make your healthcare choices for you
The question was deceptively simple: Who do you trust the most when it comes to making decisions about your life? Your spouse? Children? Best friend?
In reality, it’s the person driving toward you in the opposite traffic lane, suggested Barry S. Ramper II, President and CEO of Homeland Center. “You’re trusting they won’t suddenly swerve into you – because if they do, your life could change in potentially dramatic and permanent ways.’’
Ramper used that unsettling example to underscore the need for individuals to plan how they want to be cared for should it become necessary. He also stressed that given life’s unpredictability, people shouldn’t wait until they are in their later years to make these important decisions.
“The reality is that we are not better prepared today than we were 35 or 40 years ago,’’ Ramper said during his talk at the Rotary Club of Harrisburg in June. “I still receive calls from family members that a loved one has entered the hospital and they need skilled nursing care and they have no preparation.’’
Pictured: President-elect Sam Levine and Past President Barry Ramper II President/CEO Homeland Center, Homeland Hospice, Homeland HomeCare, Homeland HomeHealth