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What should I include in my advance health care directives?

| Nov 20, 2020 | Advance Health Care Directives |

When drafting your advance directives, you may look over pre-made documents that most people use. You may also receive a lot of advice from religious leaders or your doctor on what you can include. However, you have no obligation to tackle every medical issue that may arise. You may choose the issues most important to you and move forward.

So, what should you include in your advance medical directives? Include whatever works for you. These are some of the many options you can choose from.

Do Not Resuscitate Order

According to the National Institutes of Health, this document tells medical personnel that you do not want them to use CPR or instruments to revive you. It may also include choosing not to have a heart rhythm restored and saying no to life support.

Organ donation

Every day, thousands of people across America await organs to survive. Scientists and institutions may also need organs for study. You may choose to donate your own upon your passing. Some people specify the organs they wish to donate. Commonly donated organs include the heart and brain.

Health care proxy

This individual may make decisions on your behalf, in the event that you are unable to do so yourself. Declaring your health proxy is especially important while going through a divorce or if you prefer to choose someone who may not otherwise have the right to make medical decisions on your behalf.

As your health and priorities change, your preferences for medical care may change too. Because of this, professionals in the field recommend updating your advance directives at least every 10 years.

 

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