Why You Need An Advance Healthcare Directive

This month we’re focusing on the Advance Healthcare Directive. An Advance Healthcare Directive is a legal document that allows you to specify what actions should be taken regarding your health – if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.

It is critical to have one in place and it gives you the confidence in knowing that your wishes will be followed.

There are two key things that an Advance healthcare directive provides and we are going to look at them closely.

1.Advance Healthcare Directive empowers someone to speak on your behalf.

This document allows you to select an “agent” to represent you and empowers them to speak on your behalf. It gives a person you choose the legal authority to speak on your behalf on matters of your health and care.

If you don’t have a document in place, the courts have to get involved, where a judge can rule on who has the authorization to make decisions for you. Don’t let it come to that, make sure you have someone empowered to speak on your behalf.

2. Advance Healthcare Directive gives your agent permission to make the hard decisions.

it gives your agent permission to make decisions about medication, options to reduce pain or other issues that could come up. They can act on your behalf without the worry about what you would prefer because you have already given them your wishes and your permission.

Imagine the weight that goes off that person’s shoulders when they know that it’s okay that they made the hard decisions. If you say, I want to live at home as long as possible,  but if I’m not able to care of myself, or living there is a danger, I give permission that you take me to an assisted living facility. You are giving them that blessing ahead of time.

Two more things you need to know about the Advance Healthcare Directive.

The Advance Healthcare Directive that you get at the hospital is only temporary for that specific procedure. When you leave, it does not go with you. You need one that covers your whole life, not just individual situations.

And if you have family or children that are over 18, you need documents in place for them, as well. They’re now adults, and you no longer have a right to make decisions for them. So you want to get an Advance Healthcare Directive to ensure that they are covered and you can make healthcare decisions for them if the need arises.

There are many benefits to having an Advance Healthcare Directive, but the biggest one is that it puts the power in your hands. With the right documents in place, you can be confident that your wishes will be carried out, and that you won’t become a burden to those you love.

To get started with your own Advance Healthcare Directive or Estate Plan, contact Shillinger Law today!

  • 24 Apr, 2019
  • Löan Shillinger
  • Advance Healthcare Directive, Estate Planning, Healthcare,

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