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for your medical decisions. Be sure your Patient Advocate has copies of your legal document so they can present to health care providers when needed.
If you wish to have your agent be able to makes decisions that would potentially result in your death, such as withdrawal of life sustaining treatment, the Patient Advocate Designation document must indicate your wishes in a clear and convincing manner. For this reason, there is often a special paragraph in the document on this specific issue where the principal acknowl- edges in writing his or her choice.
If you become incapacitated and there is no one that can legally take action on your behalf loved ones will need to request that the local probate court enter a court order appointing a conservator to make your financial decisions or a guardian to make your medical and personal care decisions.
While it can be scary to think about a time when you may need a surrogate decision maker, it can save time, money, and heartache for your loved ones. Having an effective Durable Power of Attorney and Patient Advocate Designation in place can make all the difference.
When developing your plan consider the following commonly used phrases:
Advance Directive: A legal document that
states the medical treatments and/or life-sus- taining measures you would or would not want should an end-of-life situation occur and you are unable to communicate your choices. It is your written healthcare plan.
Conservator: A guardian and protector appointed by a judge to protect and manage the financial affairs and/or a person's daily life due to physical or mental limitations or old age.
Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR): A medical order obtained through your physician, the DNR indicates you do not want to receive resuscitation attempted if your heart or breathing stops.
Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for Healthcare: This is legal document you prepare that names another person to be your healthcare decision-maker when you are unable to commu- nicate your own choices. It only goes into effect if you are unable to make your own decisions.
Financial Power of Attorney: Referred to previously as a Durable Power of Attorney for financial matters is an agent appointed to make decisions and otherwise handle financial matters for you.
Guardian: A person who is appointed to act on your behalf if you are unable to make your own end-of-life care decisions and there are no other people able or available.
Revoke/Revocation: To put an end
to, or discontinue an advance care planning document. Revocation processes can include destroying the forms or creating a new form. If you do revoke an ACP document, it should be communicated to your healthcare agents and providers.
Surrogate/Proxy: A person with the ability and authority to make healthcare-related deci- sions on your behalf. This person could be your next of kin, an appointed representative, or your Healthcare Power of Attorney (if the form is in place).
Other Documents: There are other doc- uments that can be a part of the conversation, including but not limited to:
• Organ, eye, and tissue donation registration
• Donation of remains for research arrangements
• Advance Instruction for Mental Health
• Healthcare-related insurance coverages
• Funeral, memorial service, burial/cremation
planning
• Estate planning / Will / trust
Publisher’s note: This is not intended to be legal advice. For more information or to begin your advance care planning documentation consult with your elder law attorney.
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