A health care directive allows you to nominate a Health Care Agent who can make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. It also provides the opportunity for you to give instructions as to your personal medical choices and end-of-life decisions. In today’s world of electronic records, most hospital systems can upload your directive and then pull it up from any location when it is needed.
A valid, clear health care directive, or living will, is one of the most important planning tools for a person to have in place for themselves and those they love.
Every person over the age of 18 should have a health care directive in place. A health care directive is the first document a medical provider looks for when determining how to move forward with care if you are not able to answer questions. When accidents occur or medical emergencies happen, medical decisions often need to be made quickly. You want to be certain that your voice is heard in that decision-making process even if you are incapacitated or unresponsive at the time.
Some decisions that can be part of your health care directive:
- Designation of a Health Care Agent – the person you want to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to make your own decisions.
- Choice of Medical Interventions
- Decisions Regarding End-of-Life Care
- Organ Donation Instructions
- Religious or Cultural Requests
- Cremation, Burial, and Funereal Wishes
Delmar, Rachel, and Jennifer can help you get a health care directive in place quickly and for a flat fee. We can help walk you through possible options for your health care directive, as well as review any directive that you already have in place, to determine whether updates would beneficial.