Advance Health Care Directive Explained By Attorney, Ryan Pesicka Edmonds, WA

What is an Advance Health Care Directive? Attorney Explanation

There’s often a lot of confusion when talking about Health Care Directives. Do I need one? What does it do? How soon should I do one? These are questions that we’re asked often here at Concord Law, P.C. So we’re going to have our Attorney, Ryan Pesicka explain it to you.

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What is an Advance Health Care Directive?

Advance directives are documents which enable you to make health care decisions in advance, including the medical treatment that you wish to receive in the future (if you are unable to do so).  Advance Health Care Directives can specify how decisions are to be made on your behalf if it becomes necessary, and direct medical facilities, doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to follow these decisions.

Typically, advance healthcare directives involve one or more of the following documents:

·         Health Care Directive

·         Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form

·         Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

DNR – Do Not Resuscitate Form

A “Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form” is a document prepared by you and your physician, generally only under a very specific set of circumstances.  In a DNR, your doctor directs medical staff whether or not to attempt live-saving CPR on you in given situations.

Health Care Directive & Durable Power Of Attorney

A Health Care Directive and a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions are documents which most people should have in place, regardless of their current state heath of health or how long one expects to be here (how many of us really think about these things anyway??).  In fact, one of the reasons for these documents is to make decisions for yourself, so that in the event of a major car accident, or sudden, unforeseeable healthcare dilemma, your family or medical staff don’t have to make them for you.

When should I get a Health Care Directive?

A Health Care Directive prepared in advance generally inform all medical personnel what actions to take if you are incapacitated due to a terminal illness or a coma.  Washington State law requires that a doctor determine a terminal illness exists, or that two doctors determine a patient is in a coma, in order for your advance Health Care Directive to be activated. For example, you can elect whether or not to be fed intravenously through a feeding tube if certain circumstances exist.

Healthcare Directives aren’t exactly something most of us like to think about, but if you look upon it as what it really is—a gift you give to your loves ones in their time of need, by removing the burden of heart-wrenching, end-of-life decisions—you’ll see that the importance of having this document in place could be invaluable.

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance with an Estate Plan, Will, Trust, Health Care Directive, Power or Attorney or a Complete Estate Plan, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Concord Law, P.C. – You can schedule a free, no obligation, consultation with an Attorney to go over your specific needs and see if we’re the right fit to work together.

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