What Are Advance Directives and How Are They Used?

Living Will SubDomain 300x199What Are Advance Directives and How Are They Used?

Everyone has rights. Laws are passed frequently to protect rights and to see that human freedoms are always sustained. These account for rights in life, and rights in death. The largest and the most meaningful freedom that one could possess, is the right to die as they wish.

Advance directives are rules stipulated by the terminally ill to assure that they get the care that they want until their death, at their death, and after their death.

A living will is usually the legal document in which advance directives are presented. These are specific matters that the patient feels is important to them and the process of death. They can be things such as a do not resuscitate order, a preference of life-support, or refusal of being fed through a tube. Advance directives are not limited to only medical care, because anything that the terminally ill individual feels is important in their end of life care can be displayed legally in the advance directives of their living will.

If in any circumstance, you are no longer viable to make decisions on your advance directives you have the right to appoint one. A health care proxy ( medical power of attorney) enables an individual to designate a trusted party  as a health care agent. This person is then legally authorized to conduct medical decisions on your behalf.

As a legal document, advance directives are used in circumstances where the patient’s wishes need to be made priority. These are situations where the patient needs to be resuscitated, or has to be placed on life support. If the patient has asked through their advance directives not to have these types of life sustaining treatments than by law they cannot be administered.

The whole purpose of advanced directives are to pursue the rights that the patient has in accordance to the laws. Every individual’s preferences are different in regards to their requests or denials of end of life care. Advance directives are specifically designed to uphold their wishes, freedoms, and rights. They are used to ones benefit when the necessity presents itself. Advance directives define a plan of care, and should be adhered to by all.

Advance directives save your loved ones from having to make anguishing decisions when it is no longer possible for you to voice your wishes. It is making your medical treatment clear to all medical professionals who render your care so that there is no question what you prefer when the time occurs. Advance directives are all set upon the same principle, and that is that people have the right to choose how they want to die.

Advance directives all vary in different states. It is imperative that the person who has written the living will be certain that no matter where the patient resides or is placed that the advanced directives are viable and can be upheld anywhere the patient has to be. This way there is no mistakes or vague terms when the circumstances arise for the proper decisions to be made in the terminally ill patient’s form of care.

It is your life and it should be on your terms, advance directives are a great way to have your death based on your preferences. There is nothing greater than to assure that you have complete control over the process of dying, because dying cannot be regulated. Advance directives allow you to regulate your medical care, and are used to give a terminally ill individual options in their death. Why not take advantage of the decisions you can still make while you are able?