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Advance Directive (Overview)

An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, to make such decisions.


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How do I create an advance directives?

How do I create an advance directives?

Your primary care: Your primary care provider should have those papers available for you. ...Read more

Advance Directive (Overview)

An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, to make such decisions.


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Where can I find how to fill out advance directive?

Primary care doctor: Your pcp should be able to go through it with you. Otherwise an attorney could explain it as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons for having an advance directive?

Personal control: An advance directive tells your doctor and family what to do in the case of your personal incapacity or impending death. It relieves them of some responsibility in these decisions by directing the level of care you will accept and what extremes you would allow if you were conscious and directing your care. It is a kindness to all concerned and can prevent prolonged suffering. ...Read more

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How do I make a medical advance directive for myself online?

How do I make a medical advance directive for myself online?

Advance Directive: Here is a web site that can help you -- lots of information, and also links to download appropriate forms for your state: http://www.Caringinfo.Org/i4a/pages/index.Cfm?Pageid=3285. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: advance directive?

See below: An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, to make such decisions. ...Read more

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Can your family overide your advance directive wishes and keep you alive?

They shouldn't: But it all depends on how good a relationship you've had with your physicians and how clear you have specified your intents. It's always better to have this discussion with your family rather than a physician having to start the discussion with your family. ...Read more

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With an advance directive, can one specify dnr after a prescribed amount of time (say, 4 minutes)?

With an advance directive, can one specify dnr after a prescribed amount of time (say, 4 minutes)?

Not useful: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has to be started right away if the cardiac arrest was witnessed. You probably mean that you would like to stop CPR if it was not successful after 4 minutes. However, all possible measures (e.g., defibrillator) may not be available in that short time and successful resuscitation could be accomplished after a longer period. ...Read more

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Is there a website for living wills and advance directive?

Amerian Bar Assn etc: One of the best i can refer to is the american bar assn. Yes, it seems odd for a doctor to refer to a lawyer's site, but check out: http://www.Americanbar.Org/groups/law_aging/resources/consumer_s_toolkit_for_health_care_advance_planning.Html. ...Read more

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What's the role of a lawyer in preparing an advance directive?

Legal completeness: An advance directive gives your family and your caregivers information about what you want done, and how much done during your final illness. There are template to be found on the internet, but an attorney can structure it to completely do what you want. It is one of the rare things that an attorney can do that is actually helpful to society. ...Read more