Advance Care Planning and Advanced Directives
Who Should do an Advance Directive?
All of us over the age of 18, It is not about being older, Terry Schiavo was 27!
With all of the talk about advance care planning only 25-30% of people have an advance directive
For young healthy adults-Have one for the purpose making decisions in an accident or trauma (examples could include a car accident, boating accident, snowmobiles, motorcycles, etc.) A sudden accident or injury could leave you unable to make your own decisions. This planning tool can help you for an unexpected event.
For the chronically ill-It is important to understand what life supports may be needed at a certain point to treat your illness.
For the terminally ill-It is needed to explore comfort and quality at this time of life
Why should I do an Advance Directive?
80% of deaths happen in a health care facility
50% of people are unable to make their own decisions at the time of death
When there is no advance health care directive, well-meaning providers will often “treat”
Your loved ones may not be able to predict what you would want without talking with you
Of the thousands of people who die each day, two-thirds of those cases will involve elements of a decision that the family will need to make
Health Care Agent-Considerations for Choosing the Best Person
One of the most important factors in formulating an advance directive is choosing your health care agent. An appropriate healthcare agent may not be the person who loves you the most, but someone who understands your beliefs and views. These are some of the important factors to consider when making your selection:
Is the person really willing to take on this responsibility?
Are they able to respect and follow your wishes, even if they disagree?
Is this person someone who can withstand stress and emotionally charged conversations?
Is this person able to be assertive and withstand disagreement with a physician, if necessary?
Is this person able to make necessary, difficult decisions?
Is this person readily accessible--does not need to be geographically close.
Learn more about Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will/Declaration to Physician and Do-Not-Resuscitate bracelets by contacting Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center
Chaplain Sue Kruger at 715.536.2187