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Advance directives and end of life issues
Advance Directives and End-of-Life Issues

  • This presentation is intended as a template

  • Modify and/or delete slides as appropriate for your organization and community

  • Delete this slide before use

  • To view speaker notes and edit presentation, click 'Edit‘, then 'Edit slides'


Advance directives and end of life decisions

Advance Directivesand End-of-Life Decisions

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Purpose
Purpose

  • Discuss advance directives and end-of-life care decisions

  • Learn the different types of advance directives

  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of advance directives

  • Identify resources that can help you complete your advance directives


Do you have a written plan stating what health care treatments you would or would not want if you could not speak for yourself?



Why you need advance directives
Why You Need Advance Directives

  • Your wishes will be known

  • Only used if you are unable to express your decisions

  • This can happen to anyone – at any age

  • Give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind – write down your wishes!


Interesting to note
Interesting to note…

  • Most Americans – 88 percent – feel comfortable discussing issues relating to death and dying*

  • Yet only 42% have a living will*

    *National Survey on Death, Dying, and Hospice Care in America, VITAS Innovative Healthcare, 2004


What are advance directives

A written statement of your wishes, preferences and choices regarding end-of-life health care decisions

A tool to help you think through and communicate your choices

What are Advance Directives?


Advance directives
Advance Directives regarding end-of-life health care decisions

  • Written instructions about future medical care

  • Only used:

    • If you are seriously ill or injured, and

    • Unable to speak for yourself

  • Should include:

    • Living will

    • Medical (health care) power of attorney


What is a living will
What is a regarding end-of-life health care decisions Living Will?

  • A legal document with your wishes about medical treatment

  • You choose:

    • What you do want

    • What you don’t want


What is a medical power of attorney
What is a regarding end-of-life health care decisions Medical Power of Attorney?

  • A legal form that states who you want to make decisions about medical care

  • The person is authorized to speak for you ONLY if you are unable to make your own medical decisions

  • May also be called:

    • "health care proxy or agent"

    • “health care surrogate”

    • "durable power of attorney for health care"


Advance directives advantages
Advance Directives: regarding end-of-life health care decisions Advantages

  • You are in charge of making your own decisions

  • Documents can be changed anytime

  • You DO NOT need an attorney

  • Documents can help you express your wishes

  • Individual forms are available to download for FREE at www.caringinfo.org


Advance directives disadvantages
Advance Directives: regarding end-of-life health care decisions Disadvantages

  • Advance Directives (AD) may not be available when needed

  • Not readily available in patient charts

  • Living wills:

    • may not be specific enough

    • may be overridden by a treating MD

    • does not immediately translate into MD order


Medical terms for end of life care decision making
Medical Terms for End-of-Life Care Decision Making regarding end-of-life health care decisions

  • Life-Sustaining Treatment

  • Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (tube feeding)

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (DNR)

  • Palliative Care

  • Hospice


Resources in our community
Resources in Our Community regarding end-of-life health care decisions

  • List your local resources here


Www caringinfo org 800 658 8898
www.caringinfo.org • 800.658.8898 regarding end-of-life health care decisions


Free resources available from caring connections
FREE Resources Available regarding end-of-life health care decisions from Caring Connections

  • State-specific advance directives

  • Advance care planning Web resources

  • Brochures to download or order:

    • Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions

    • Health Care Agents: Appointing One & Being One

    • Conversations Before the Crisis

    • You Have Filled Out Your Advance Directive… Now What?

    • Ask Tough Questions


It s about how you live
It’s About How You LIVE! regarding end-of-life health care decisions

Learn about your options, choices and decisions

Implement your advance directive plans

Voice your decisions

Engage others to complete their advance directives


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