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What is an Advance Directive?

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What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a written document outlining your healthcare wishes, goals, values, and preferences for future medical care… regardless of your age or stage of health. Also known as a Living Will, it allows you to appoint someone to speak for you if you become unable to speak for yourself.

Anyone 18 or older should consider creating an Advance Directive. It can be modified throughout your life. In fact, you should review your Advance Directive every five to ten years, or sooner if your health changes.

The best time to create your Advance Directive is when you are healthy and of sound mind. It is not recommended to complete it during an emergency or crisis situation.

People often gain a sense of control after completing their Advance Directive. Knowing you documented your future medical treatments helps avoid unwanted/unnecessary care. Plus, it’s a gift for your loved ones who can take comfort in knowing that they are honoring your wishes.

It is important to provide a copy of your Advance Directive to your Health Care Agent, loved ones, physicians, specialists and the admissions staff if you are going to the hospital. Some people also provide a copy to their lawyer and financial planner.

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