ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

Living Wills Are Both An Essential and Comforting Part Of Your Long Term Planning.

Knowing how to set up advanced directive or living will does have many moving parts will set up certain benchmarks and decisions for one’s health and financial purposes if certain situations arise. Let’s breakdown each situation.

WHY USE ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

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When looking at advanced directives or living wills, you want to know in what circumstances actions will happen if and when one might be incapacitated physically by illness or mentally by conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. What they are supposed to accomplish are two things:

  • To have directions for specific requirements to execute an action
  • To have slated persons of interest to carry out such actions

Indiana has specific codes such as Indiana Code 16-36 outlining Health Care Consent as well as Indiana Powers of Attorney Act and Indiana Anatomical Gift Act.

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THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT

ADVANCED DIRECTIVE DOCS

The document that is created in this case is a durable power of attorney in which one would be named an agent or proxy to make health care decisions.  Here are some situations that would have particular instructions to follow if one was in these health states:

  1. Feeding Tube Was Needed
  2. If Deceased, Organ donation issued
  3. Dialysis and Breathing Machine Protocol Based On Condition

These are just a few of the conditions that you can spell out for an agent to know what your specific wishes are to carry out.

WHO TO NAME

HEALTHCARE AGENT

The individual you choose to carry out your wishes in your most dire healthcare situations could be someone you:

  • Know very well
  • Has excellent communication skills (would be discussing with multiple healthcare providers)
  • Has great family relations with your relatives and loved ones

The healthcare agent needs to understand and be aware of your own values and realize the quality-of-life decisions are based on what you want.

CREATING THE ATMOSPHERE TO HAVE EVERYONE ON THE SAME PAGE

ADVANCED DIRECTIVES DO KEEP ONE ASSURED THEY WILL BE CARED FOR.

Lastly when discussing with the person that will become your healthcare agent or proxy, keep in mind the following questions:

  • Are there medical treatments that you will have trouble executing even though they are my wishes?
  • Would I want to be revived in the case of my heart stopping?
  • What about artificial food or tube feeding?

Contact An Indianapolis Elder Law Attorney Today To Discuss The Ways To Use Advanced Directives Today!

Knowing how your life will end isn’t something that we can always control. These issues are dark, and sometimes people don’t feel they have the right partners to fully disclose this type of information, and we do feel your pain. We help families execute advanced directives so they can have the plans in place if or when the unexpected happens. Call or fill in the form today to get started with your conversation.

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