Advanced Health Care Directive


An Advance Health Care Directive (“AHCD”) is a legal document that allows you to specify your wishes concerning various health care issues and medical decisions.  You appoint someone that you trust as “agent” to make medical decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so.

Your AHCD allows you to also make decisions regarding: i) whether you wish to prolong your life in the event you are unable to participate actively in decisions about your medical care and treatment due to a terminal condition or a permanent loss of the ability to communicate concerning medical treatment decisions, with no reasonable chance of regaining this ability; ii) whether you wish to be kept alive by artificial feeding, tubes, etc.; iii) whether you wish to receive pain medication; iv) organ and body part(s) donation; and v) whom you wish to appoint as your primary physician.

An AHCD essentially takes the burden off of your family having to make some difficult end of life decisions regarding your medical care and treatment.


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