Advance Directives 2

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at advance directives in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Advance directives are not just for elderly or very sick patients. Every adult should prepare advance directives.

If you are a young or middle-aged adult and you suddenly become severely ill or injured, your family may have to make difficult decisions about your care. Advance directives can help make those decisions easier.

The required forms for advance directives vary from state to state. Each states forms are available for free online. You do not need a lawyer to complete advance directives.

Keep these documents in a safe place, but be sure your loved ones have access to them. You can also give copies to your doctor or hospital. There are websites and smartphone apps that let you create and store digital copies of advance directives.

You should review your advance directives regularly, and you can update them at any time. Even after you prepare advance directives, continue to talk with your loved ones and your doctor about your goals and wishes for your health care.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.