What you should know about the Importance of Advanced Directives & Your Right to Decide

By: Jennifer Greene

When we reach a certain point in our life, we become more intone to the changes that occur within our mind and body. You might notice that you can’t physically do some of the things you used to enjoy doing or you might have reoccurring health related issues that are preventing you from enjoying life to your fullest. During this period of time you may be facing some important decisions that need to be made and the prospect of hiring home care services.
Making your wishes known to your family and loved ones should always be the first priority when planning for long-term care. Advanced directives, also referred to as a health care directive consist of any number of documents (legal or otherwise) that can let family or other loved ones know what your wishes happen to be. You put your wishes in writing and name a health care agent, someone who will make decisions for you if you are unable. If you are suddenly unable to speak for yourself, due to a stroke, mental incapacity, or other reason, this health care directive guides your doctors and those caring for you to carry out your wishes for health care treatment.

It is important for each of us to be proactive. Never assume that your loved ones know what you might like. Even if they assume to know what you want, they might not be able to convince hospital staff or legal staff that those are your actual wishes! Having an Advance Directive takes the guess work out of the equation and allows your selected health care agent to have all the pertinent information he/she might need in one place. Only you have the power to decide and select a power of attorney that would be able to write checks, pay bills, and make financial decisions on your behalf. You could also choose a medical power of attorney that would be able to make medical decisions on your behalf, in your best interest.
Think on this for a moment. If you were to become disabled today, would anyone know what bills you may have, where to find financial information, or what you want done with your house, car, or other possessions? If you were alive but unable to communicate, this could leave your loved ones scrambling to find answers, sort through all of your paperwork, and unable to do what is necessary to protect your assets for you. A living will can contain valuable information about your wishes with regard to not only your finances but also your health care.
When it comes to in home health care services, advanced directives can help explain the various services that you may approve or not want in the event that you are unable to communicate them to those around you in the future. It will address issues such as end of life support, organ donation and other topics.

If you are considering home care services, contact Abounding Home Care today to see how we can help you and your family today.

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