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What is an Advance Directive?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has made life extremely unpredictable, which is why End of Life Planning is crucial. And, Advance Directives are essential when it comes to planning end of life care.

Simply put, an Advance Directive is a legal document expressing an individual’s wishes regarding critical care when they are unable to decide for themselves. It allows them to make future decisions about their end-of-life care (decisions about life support or feeding tubes, etc.).

It actually helps your family in making decisions according to your wishes in case of a terminal illness. Thus, you can think of Advance Directive as a way to reduce your family’s burden in case of your illness.

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Functions of Advance Directive

It is also known as Advance Healthcare Directive or AHCD. The key functions of AHCD are as follows:

  • It allows you to express your end of life healthcare wishes about various medication, treatment options, and more
  • It allows you to choose someone who can make treatment decisions for you if you’re unable to communicate your wishes – for instance, in case of a degenerative illness or an incapacitation

Thus, Advance Directive is important when it comes to preparing for the end. It allows you to have a say in the healthcare you may someday receive, and it protects your loved ones from the pain and uncertainty of having to guess what treatment you want.

Types of Advance Directive

The two important parts of an Advance Healthcare  Directive are 

  1. Living Will and
  2. Medical Power of Attorney.

1. Living Will

A living will is a legal document that is a type of Advance Directive that lets you express your preferences for medical care if you’re ever unable to communicate them yourself.

It helps you specify the treatment and procedure you don’t want to receive such as a feeding tube or being placed on a ventilator. You can name your preferred doctor and describe the type of palliative care you’d like.

2. Durable Medical Power of Attorney

It allows you to give someone you trust the legal authority to make important medical decisions for you in case you’re unable to make them on your own. This person is often called a healthcare agent, proxy, or representative.

Typically, your healthcare agent must follow the wishes you outlined in your Living Will. But, if a situation arises that isn’t mentioned in your Living Will, they should decide in your best interest. Thus, before you choose a healthcare agent make sure they are trustworthy, understand your preferences, and have your best interest at heart.

Advance Directive is definitely a vital part of your End of Life Planning and leaving a legacy for your family. And, Clocr provides an all-in-one life planning platform. So join us today and begin your End of Life Planning journey.