Does your family know what choices you would want made for you if something were to happen to you? Medical directives ensure that your wishes are followed by directing your family and medical staff on how to take care of you. Contact us for your free Estate Planning E-Book and Guide with no obligation or cost to you.
There are 5 kinds of Medical Directives, each cover different situations:
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- MOST Form
- CPR Directive
- Dementia Directives
- Your Own
- Medical Power of Attorney: This is the most broad, and most necessary, of the documents. It says who will be making decisions for you. If you don’t have a Medical POA then the doctors will listen to your next of kin. This may be a spouse, a child, a parent, or a sibling. That may not be the person you want, and the power of attorney fixes that problem. It also gives your POA more powers to care for you. It allows them to consent or refuse a number of treatments, have HIPPA clearance, and make decisions about where you live. It may also protect your loved one by ensuring that they are not liable for the decisions they make. You can get this from your doctor or an attorney.
- Living Will: A living will says what you want to have happen to you if you are either in a coma or a terminal condition. It leaves instructions about how long they should continue medical interventions, how long to provide artificial nutrition and hydration, and who can talk to your medical staff. You can get a living will from a lawyer or sometimes from medical personnel.
- MOST Form: This form is signed by both your doctor and you (or your power of attorney). It is broader than your living will because it covers what choices you want if you have a sudden event occur. For example, if you have terminal cancer and a heart attack, do you want them to resuscitate you? If you get pneumonia do you want to be allowed to pass without antibiotic? Do you want to go to the hospital? You can get this form from your medical team. You can find more information about the MOST form HERE.
- CPR Directives: CPR directives are only about if you want CPR performed or not if you go into cardiac arrest. You get this form from your medical team and it also needs to be signed by you and your doctor.
- Your Own Directives: You can also write down your own wishes so that your family knows what you want to do. Many people use the form from Five Wishes. You can also create your own, or find one online. If you Contact Us we will send you a free 25 page E-Book that includes free medical directives forms.
- Dementia Directives: Dementia is a quickly growing issue for the aging in our country. It’s crucial that your family knows what you want if you are struck with this cruel disease. We recommend and use the dementia directives from dementia-directive.org