An “advance health care directive” notifies your family, physician, and friends about your health care preferences, including the types of special treatment you want or don’t want at the end-of-life, your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ donation.
Here are 5 Reasons You Need an Advanced Healthcare Directive in place to give you and your family “peace“ of mind.
Use Passare’s free eBook (link) to tailor an AHD to your thoughts and your wishes. You can also refer to Passare’s AHD Resources in Your State Part 1 (link) and 2 (link) to find lots of additional free resources specific to your state. Once it’s done you can give a copy to your doctor, your hospital system, your loved ones and keep a copy with you so that your wishes are clear, freeing others to make intelligent decisions.
You don’t have to go to a lawyer, but you will want to ensure that your AHD complies with your state laws. If you are travelling, you might want to check on the states you will be visiting – just to be sure that everything is covered.
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and you need to make sure you have a copy of your Advanced Healthcare Directive (AHD) with you if you are in an accident and unable to speak for yourself. This will allow healthcare providers to give you exactly the kind of care you would want if you were able to speak for yourself. It also takes the guesswork out of other’s decision-making processes. So your AHD is essentially you and your wishes on paper.
4. Just in Case.
Whether you are traveling or not, you need an AHD in case of any situation in which you become impaired and cannot express your wishes or desires clearly. An AHD also gives your relatives the information they need to make informed decisions about your care. An accident can happen at any time, the AHD keeps people from trying to read your mind as to what you want to have happen.
5. Peace of Mind.
Once you have an AHD, you can rest assured that if anything unexpected happens to you, clear-headed decisions can be made that are true to what you want to happen.