Life Planning

Many people living with MS and their families follow the oft quoted phrase “plan for the worst and hope for the best”. This philosophy helps us to be prepared for difficulties before they happen, if they happen.

In this section we discuss anticipating needs that might arise in the future, identifying legal documents that need to be in place, and taking steps to assure that your loved one’s wishes and values are reflected in future medical and end-of-life decisions.

What do we mean by life planning?

Life planning is a way to anticipate what the future may hold and prepare, in advance, for those possibilities. It involves anticipating changes that may be in store. Planning in advance includes thinking ahead and communicating wishes and preferences about health care, end-of-life and daily care.

It also includes making financial and legal arrangements in advance of need so that families are not caught off-guard when these events come to pass.

Planning ahead requires clear communication among all family members and clarity regarding the values and wishes of all family members. Planning ahead also means taking ownership of the future, reducing medical and financial risk, and doing all one can to assure security and the best possible quality of life.


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