Without a doubt the most frequent and popular New Year’s Resolutions made each year have to do with health. People resolve to exercise more, to lose weight, to eat better, etc. But far too few people are aware that in addition being healthy in body and mind, there are steps you can (and should) take to protect your medical future and privacy as well.

1. Think about your medical future and put your wishes into writing. How would you like to be cared for in the event that you are incapacitated? How long (and by what measures) would you like to be kept alive if you were to be irrevocably injured or diagnosed with a terminal illness? Who would you like making these decisions for you if you were unable to make them for yourself? These are the issues addressed in an advanced healthcare directive or a living will—documents every adult should have not only for their own peace of mind, but for the peace of mind of their family and loved ones as well.

2. Execute a HIPAA to help protect your medical privacy. A HIPAA Authorization is the document that lets your doctors and other health care providers know who may receive information about your medical status and treatment. Not only does this protect your privacy, but it ensures that the people who should be informed about your medical status will have access to the information they need.

3. Consider your eventual long-term care needs and look into long-term care insurance as a safety net. There is no way to know for sure which of us will need long-term care, but as life-expectancy increases the chances that any of us will need long-term care increase along with it. You can plan for this eventuality and protect yourself and your family from being hit too hard by the expenses of long-term care by investing in long-term care insurance. There are a few options available for long-term care insurance, and our office can help you choose which plan might be best for you.