Advance Directive

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Advance Directive

A legal document expressing a person's medical wishes in the event of his/her mental or physical incapacity. An advance directive is made while the director is still competent, and comes into effect at incapacity. An advance directive may state whether or not the director wishes to be placed on life support or to receive a particular treatment. It may or may not assign another party, usually a family member, to make these decisions as they come up. It is important to note that in this situation, an advance directive is not a power of attorney and neither allows the other party access to the assignor's finances, nor obliges him/her to pay for any treatment. See also: Proxy directive.
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3) "From the point of view of a client there is, in most cases, no part of an estate plan that is more important than the selection of an agent for a power of attorney and/or health care proxy.
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A legally valid form for a simple health care proxy may vary between jurisdictions.
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Consistent with earlier findings, most respondents (91 percent) agreed or strongly agreed that end-of-life decision making is easier when a nursing home resident has a health care proxy (Table 3).
The training included how to select a health care proxy and determine what authority that person might have.
The health care proxy provided, in relevant part: "My Health Care Agent is granted full power and authority to consent to any and all medical treatment which I may need in the event that I am unable to consent to such treatment on my own including without limitation authority to consent for [sic] medical care, hospitalization, nursing home admission, or whatever else may in my Health Care Agent's sole judgment be in my best interest .
Second, the health care proxy who is named now can make whatever medical decisions the patient would make if he or she were able.
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