Saturday, April 3, 2010

Advance Directives Defined

What is an Advance Directive?

Advance Directives give a person the choice to make medical decisions in advance. They empower one to make health care decisions prior to a devastating situation. They allow one to direct another person to make medical decisions in the event of the inability to make health care decisions.

This is not solely an end of life issue. One may be under anesthesia and lack decision making capacity.

Advance directives go into effect only in the event decision making capacity is lost.

Anyone over 18 can be a health care agent. Not everyone should be though.

Advance Directives are memorialized in a health care proxy form.

For state specific documents please see

Who Should have an Advance Directive?

Everyone over the age of 18 should consider writing up a health care proxy. In New York State two signatures are required to make the document legal.

The information on the health care proxy document can be changed at anytime.

In New York we have an excellent resource for completing your advance directives.

New York Legal Nurse Consultants Inc. is here to assist in facilitating this difficult discussion.

Contact Fern Wasserman at New York Legal Nurse Consultants Today.

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