Questions to Ask Before a Loved One Gets Sick or Hurt


Questions to Ask Before a Loved One Gets Sick or Hurt


If you’re a fan of any sort of prime-time television, you’ve probably seen a drama based in a hospital. Each day people are flown or driven into emergency rooms with life-threatening issues that leave them unconscious and sometimes near death. Doctors and their support staff are making a lot of life-saving decisions with very little information. Life-saving because that’s what doctors do. Save lives no matter what it takes.

That’s noble, and thank goodness they have the skill sets to do what most people can’t--save and prolong life--due to their wisdom and modern technology. Watching your favorite television drama, the fictional characters draw you in with the chaos and extreme measures that surround saving lives.

Many of the storylines that make up your favorite show are based, in part, on some reality. A writer sometime somewhere knew someone or read about a situation that is similar to the story playing out on the television screen. Accidents and illnesses occur every day in hospitals everywhere. People find themselves in extreme situations needing their lives saved by people they can’t communicate with.

What would happen if you or your loved one were injured and couldn’t communicate? In most cases, every measure to save or prolong life would be taken. This may include measures that violate personal religious standards or you would consider extreme. What’s more, if your loved one is unable to speak, you and your family may be put in a position to make decisions on their behalf, and not everyone is equipped to handle that responsibility.

There are some important questions you should ask your loved one before they get sick or hurt. It can help providers serve them better and make things easier for your family. Check these out:

  • Who do you want to make healthcare decisions on your behalf?
  • Do you understand the types of treatments used to keep people alive?
  • What does quality of life mean to you?

Thinking about these questions can help you make important decisions about your loved one’s health and health care. There are also steps you can take to make sure your loved one’s wishes are known in case they are in an accident or have a chronic or terminal illness.

  • Get an advance directive
  • Designate a medical decision-maker
  • Ask them about their beliefs and intentions

These important steps will make all the difference if or when a loved one needs services from emergency or hospital staff. Take the time to decide what your stand is on your medical care and do something to protect your loved one and your family.

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