What is included in a health care directive?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Estate Planning/Probate |

For some, the thought of estate planning carries with it the complications of preparing for the worst. However, it is essential that all adults have some sort of plan in place should something happen, ideally through legal documentation.

A health care directive can provide peace of mind. It gives a person the ability to make health care decisions at a time when they are not able to do so freely. Should an accident happen or should illness lead to incapacitation, an advanced directive outlines the care that a person wants.

Living will

This written document gives people the opportunity to tell their doctors the treatment they would like when they are unable to, due to illness or serious injury. If someone is unconscious, his or her medical team can look at the living will to make a treatment plan that fits the patient’s requests. This also makes it easier on family members because they do not have to make difficult decisions on the behalf of their dying loved one.

A durable power of attorney

There are some health care decisions that someone with an advance directive may not have considered. In such cases, a durable power of attorney can help. This is a trusted individual chosen to make health care decisions as a proxy for the patient.

Advance care planning

Individuals may include other documents for advance care planning in their health care directives, including whether or not they want CPR or would prefer a DNR  (do not resuscitate) order.

Advance health care directives allow people to take control of their futures, and it is an essential aspect of estate planning.

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