What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthcare planning. No matter what your age or health status is, you need to have a healthcare plan. And, when it comes to healthcare planning, creating an Advance Healthcare Directive is necessary.

In the present scenario, creating an Advance Healthcare Directive is the ultimate way to make sure that you and your family are prepared for the worst. In simple words, an Advance Healthcare Directive is a legal document that expresses your future wishes regarding critical medical procedures such as life support or feeding tubes.

An Advance Healthcare Directive becomes crucial in making healthcare decisions for you in case you are severely ill or incapacitated. It helps your family in cases where you are unable to express your medical care preferences. It helps them understand exactly the kind of medical care you would want.

Now you know what is an Advance Healthcare Directive (AHCD). But, one of the most important aspects of an AHCD is Healthcare Proxy and that’s what we will discuss next.

What is an Advance Directive Healthcare Proxy?

It is a legal document through which you can designate another person as your healthcare agent. And, your healthcare agent will be responsible to make health care decisions on your behalf in case you are incapable of making them. The health care proxy has similar rights as you to request or refuse any treatment.

So, make sure your Healthcare Proxy is someone you trust and they have your best interest at heart.

Now, let’s move on to how long an Advance Healthcare Directive can really lasts?

How Long Does An Advance Healthcare Directive Last?

In certain states, an Advance Healthcare Directive takes effect only after a copy is provided to the physician responsible for the treatment. A few states even require that the document is filed with a state agency or with a state court. Thus, it’s important you provide copies of the documents to everyone likely to be involved with your care.

Now, coming to how long will it last? It depends on your state. A well executed Advance Care Directive will remain in force throughout your life unless it’s revoked. However, some states impose a time limitation on how long a directive is effective without being re-executed. So check your state policy and create your advance care plan accordingly.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Create Advance Directives

An Advance Healthcare Directive is essential as our life is becoming uncertain. It not only helps with decision-making in times of incapacity, but it can also clarify your medical preferences to your family members in times of uncertainty. Thus, by creating an Advance Healthcare Directive you can provide peace to your family at times of distress and panic.