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Advance Medical Directives

Advance Medical Directives

Simply put, an Advance Medical Directive says who can make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them.

Many people think of an Advance Medical Directive in terms of an end-of-life decision, or a “Living Will.”  It can be easy to get hung up on the idea of who should “pull the plug” and when (and whether) that decision gets made.  While the Declaration regarding an end-of-life decision, comatose state, or terminal care is part of an Advance Medical Directive, it is not the only reason to have this document prepared.  Your Advance Medical Directive is NOT a “Do Not Resuscitate Order.”  It is the appointment of an Agent who can make decisions when you cannot, and it is your statement of wishes regarding medical decisions.

Once again, an Advance Medical Directive says who can make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them.  If you are unconscious and need surgery, your Agent under your Advance Medical Directive will be able to get the recommendations of doctors and surgeons and then make a decision for you.  If you are temporarily unable to make decisions for any reason, your Agent can work to get you the care you need.  Certainly, your Agent should be someone you trust, maybe a friend or relative with medical knowledge.  Your Agent should understand your feelings about surgery, medication, and medical issues.

Contact Michael Logan at (703) 535-5392 to get answers to the many questions you may have about establishing an Advance Medical Directive.