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Understanding Different Advance Directives

An advance directive is an important way for seniors (or anyone for that matter) to retain control of their medical care in the event they are unable to make decisions. Advance directives can be used to indicate who should make decisions and what interventions should be taken if you are unable to make decisions on your own. There are many types of advance directives. While they vary by state, the following are the most common directives you may want to consider, presented by Boca Raton Home Care Assistance.

Living Will

A living will is a document that allows you to specify the type of medical care you want to receive if you are incapacitated or unable to make decisions. A living will may be used to make clear your wishes for pain relief, CPR, feeding tubes, IV hydration, antibiotics, and life support, for example.

Health Care Proxy

This important document allows you to designate someone who will make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapable of making decisions or making your wishes known. The health care proxy you designate will have the right to refuse, request, and approve treatments.

Durable Power of Attorney

This advance directive allows you to designate someone as having the power of attorney if you are incapacitated. The designated individual will have the right to make bank transactions, sign checks, write checks, apply for disability, and more while you are incapacitated. You may also execute a DPOA to designate different people to handle specific tasks. One person may be designated the medical power of attorney while another can be designated the legal power of attorney, for example.

Do Not Resuscitate Order

A DNR order alerts medical professionals that you do not want to receive CPR. If you have a DNR order, you may need to supplement it with other directives if you do not want life-prolonging treatment. A DNR order can be added to a medical record for those who are already hospitalized.

When considering care plans, don’t overlook the need to plan for home care, should it ever be necessary. You can learn more about part-time and live-in home care by reaching out to Home Care Assistance at (561) 826.9282. We’re a trusted provider of senior care in Boca Raton, offering 24/7 availability, no long-term contracts, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (561) 826.9282 today.