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Take Direction: Navigating Through the Maze of Advance Directives

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 19, 2018 9:38:34 AM

Ashanti Hospice and Palliative Care, a service of Sunset Communities, presents Take Direction: Navigating through the Maze of Advance Directives. This seminar will provide information and an engaging conversation about advance directives with local attorney Dean Horrigan. Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Lunch will be provided.

What are Advance Directives?

An advance directive is a legal document that tells your doctors, caregivers, and loved ones what type of medical treatments you want to receive, should you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. There are two basic types of advance directives.

The first type of advance directive is a healthcare power of attorney. A healthcare power of attorney allows you to select an agent to act on your behalf. Your agent can make medical decisions for you when you cannot—due to illness or incapacity—such as when to withhold or withdraw life-prolonging procedures. A healthcare power of attorney lets you provide consent for specific treatments you do or do not want to receive and makes your wishes known to your agent and caregivers.

The second advance directive type is a living will. A living will is more limited than a healthcare power of attorney and describes which specific treatments you want to receive—or refuse—and under which circumstances. A living will only takes effect when doctors determine you are unable to make your own medical decisions and are unlikely to regain that ability. Unlike a healthcare power of attorney, living wills do not involve a decision-maker.

You can change your healthcare power of attorney or living will at any time.

Why are Advance Directives Important?

Although it is unpleasant to think about a situation where an advance directive is needed, expressing your healthcare wishes in advance allows loved ones to feel more comfortable when choices need to be made.

Family members are often forced to determine medical decisions for spouses, parents, and children who cannot make them for themselves. Loved ones can be uncertain about which decisions are best—and who should make the decisions. Advance directives allow you to specify your desires and ease that burden for family members.

If you are interested in learning more about advance directives, join us for our Take Direction: Navigating Through the Maze of Advance Directives seminar. To reserve your spot, call 419-536-4645, extension 2004.

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