What is an advanced healthcare directive?

In an advanced healthcare directive, individuals have the ability to plan for their wishes regarding medical care in the event that they are unable to make decisions at the time they need to. By planning ahead, this can help medical staff make decisions since you will have outlined what is approved and disapproved. These advance healthcare directives can include a living will and a healthcare power of attorney. This can help plan even further.

Healthcare directives can describe medical decisions that you would have made if you were conscious. In this, you can include your decision on organ donation, life support and more. For example, in your directive, you may claim that you do not wish to receive life support measures in an event that may require it. The doctors can then act according to your plan to ensure that they are following your wishes although you are not able to say at that time.

How is a living will useful?

A living will gives you the opportunity to plan for your medical care. This is included in an advanced healthcare directive to decide on your wishes for treatment procedures. If you are unable to make choices at a time when your health is in danger, this document can provide the information that doctors need. Through this document, it can protect your rights and wishes when you are incapacitated. Doctors will make sure to follow this or else they may be sued.

Can I appoint a power of attorney?

A power of attorney can be someone that makes decisions for you regarding your wishes that are stated in the mentioned documents. These individuals can be granted as much power as you wish. You can make them your durable healthcare power of attorney. This can only give them control over your medical decisions. They should act according to the wishes you have stated in your healthcare directive and living will. By following these orders, your power of attorney can know that they are making the right decision for you. These individuals hold a lot of responsibility. Since they have this much power, you should make sure to appoint someone that you trust.

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