Advance Directives (often mis-written as "advanced directives") are three different documents that can be authored to give guidance to your loved ones, your trustee, your attorney-in-fact, and your healthcare provider regarding your medical treatment if you become unable to make decisions yourself. They include:
A Living Will tells your doctor which treatments you do (or do not) want if you become incapacitated.
Power of Attorney
A Healthcare Power of Attorney (sometimes called a Medical Power of Attorney)names your Patient Advocates who will relay your wishes regarding healthcare if you become incapacitated.
Not Resuscitate Order
DNR orders are used to inform medical professionals not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed if your heart stops or if you stop breathing.
Although the issues addressed by these documents are similar, it is a good idea to study which ones may be right for your situation. You may also consider having one or more authored, because regulations can vary greatly from state to state and hospital to hospital, and not every document is recognized in all places.
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