Directives - Something to Think About
What are advance medical directives? They are a living
will or a durable power of attorney for health care. Either allows
you to give directions about your future medical care. It is your
right to accept or refuse medical care. Advance directives can
protect this right if you ever become mentally or physically unable
to choose or communicate your wishes due to an injury or illness.
Why learn about advance directives? Because they are valuable tools,
advance directives can help:
protect your right to make medical choices that can affect your
FAMILY - avoid the responsibility and stress of making
PHYSICIAN - provides guidelines for your care.
Advance Directives can limit
life-prolonging measures when there's little or no chance of
recovery. Advance directives may enable one to make their feelings
known about many things. It is important to know the Definitions of commonly used words
resuscitation (CPR) - used to restore breathing and/or
heartbeat. A phrase used for some one who does not want CPR is
DNR or Do Not Resuscitate.
Therapy - used to provide nutrients, water, and/or
medication through a tube in a vein.
Tubes - inserted through the nose, throat or abdomen to
- machines used to keep individuals breathing
Dialysis - a
method of cleaning an individualís blood by machine, when the
kidneys no longer work properly.
Let your values be your guide
when creating advance directives. Consider what is important to you.
Which of these statements express how you would feel
if you were near death? It is important for me to:
die without pain and
leave my family with good
act according to my
be able to make my own
not burden my family with
be with my loved
ones at death.
wishes with your family and friends, your physician, your faith
community leader, your lawyer.