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Health Directives VS. Living Wills

  • December 15, 2017
  • learadmin

When our client services representative meets new clients to sign up for service one of the questions we ask is “Do you have a living will, Medical Power of Attorney, and/or an In Home Do Not Resuscitate Order?” Many times the client will answer a question with a question which is “Do I have to have those documents in place in order for you to provide service?” The answer is no, but knowing if a client has these directives in place helps us in case of emergency to ensure that their wishes are carried out. Knowing who their Medical Power of Attorney is and their contact information along with where the Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order is in their home will ensure that we can get in contact with the person they have appointed who can speak for them if they are unable to speak for themselves.

Many times a client will tell us they have a living will and we know that they believe that a living will is sufficient to express their wishes in case of a life threatening emergency. Actually a living will is a broad directive that expresses your wishes concerning life support, artificial feeding, along with other life support measures. If family and friends do not have a copy it could be that your living will may not be part of the decisions being made on your behalf especially when family and/or friends are upset and concerned. A health directive prepared properly by an attorney takes into consideration all of your wishes concerning life support measures, organ donation, pain medication, being on a respirator, or feeding tube and appoints a Medical Power of Attorney.

It is easy to put off deciding these things, but taking the time to define what you feel is best for you in case of an emergency is a great gift to your loved ones and to yourself.