As I age, should I disclose my wishes and thoughts to someone?

Q: I am a private person and independent person. I could be called a “loner.” The thought of someone else knowing my private affairs scares me, but as I age I know I should disclose my wishes and thoughts to someone. Do you have advice for me?

A: There are many people like you who are afraid of sharing private information. It is difficult to give up one’s privacy. As you say, however, someone needs to know your basic information as well as your wishes, goals, and thoughts. Sharing with someone you know and trust can provide great peace of mind. Our Case Managers provide a respectful, nonjudgmental, caring, listening ear. As professionals we have been trained to keep a client’s information confidential. We do so not only because it is the law, but because it is the ethical and the right thing to do. Each of our clients signs an annual release of information which states to whom we may disclose information. Even then, we disclose only necessary information. All health professionals are mandated to report an immediate danger to our client or to others. If you would like to meet with a Case Manager to learn more about our services, please call 507.387.4663 for a free initial appointment.

Sharon Chader
Licensed Social Worker