II. Documents protecting choices of medical care.In the event you are seriously injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. or incapacitated in·ca·pac·i·tate
tr.v. in·ca·pac·i·tat·ed, in·ca·pac·i·tat·ing, in·ca·pac·i·tates
1. To deprive of strength or ability; disable.
2. To make legally ineligible; disqualify. , you may be unable to make medical decisions about your care. In most states, in the absence of written directions, health care professionals will turn to your blood relatives to make these decisions in the event you are unable to make them for yourself. This is true no matter how long you may have been with your partner and regardless of whether you have a good relationship or even any relationship with your blood relatives.
A. Living Will/Medical Directive
In every state, you can execute a document describing your wishes concerning life-prolonging medical care. Depending upon the state, the document may be called by any one of several different names, including: living will, medical directive medical directive End-of-life decisions A specific and comprehensive advance care document–being developed for health care at the end of life. See Advance directive, Durable power of attorney, Living will. , health care directive, directive to physicians, or declaration regarding health care. This document is your directive to health care professionals about what measures you want them to take when you are no longer capable of communicating your choices regarding life-prolonging and other medical care.
B. Durable Power of Attorney durable power of attorney
A legal document conveying authority to an individual to carry out legal affairs on another person's behalf. for Health Care/Health Care Proxy care proxy Power of attorney for health-care decision-making Choice in care/dying A form of advance medical directive–AMD, in which the person designates another to make medical decisions in the event that he/she becomes too incapacitated to make such
A durable power of attorney for health care (which is also sometimes called a "health care proxy health care proxy End-of-life A power of attorney for health-care decision-making in which a person designates another to make medical decisions in the event that he/she becomes too incapacitated to make such decisions. See Advance medical directive, Living will. ") empowers another person to make medical decisions about your care in the event you become unable to make these decisions for yourself.
Even when you have specified your wishes in a living will/medical directive, there may be some decisions for which the health care providers need additional information to decide what action to take. In the absence of such a durable power of attorney for health care, the health care officials will turn to your blood relatives to make these decisions.
In most states you can use a durable power of attorney for health care/health care proxy to appoint To designate, select, or assign authority to a position or an office.
Although sometimes used interchangeably, elect and appoint do not have the same meaning. Election refers to the selection of a public officer by the qualified voters of the community, and appointment someone you trust to make medical decisions for you. In some states, the living will, medical directive, and durable power of attorney for health care/health care proxy are included on the same form.
C. Where to Obtain Your State's Forms
States have different requirements for these documents. You must use a form that complies with the law in your state.
You can download To receive a file transmitted over a network. In any communications session, "download" means receive, and "upload" means send. The download/upload often implies a big/little scenario, in which data is being downloaded from the "big" server into the "little" user's computer. state specific forms at www.partnershipforcaring.org See .org.
(networking) org - The top-level domain for organisations or individuals that don't fit any other top-level domain (national, com, edu, or gov). Though many have .org domains, it was never intended to be limited to non-profit organisations.
RFC 1591. . You can also obtain health care directive forms at large hospitals or from your state medical association. In addition, Nolo Press' WillMaker computer program includes state-specific medical directive forms.
D. Once You Have Completed the Forms
Once you have completed the form as directed, you should make sure to keep a copy of your directive for yourself and give copies to:
* Your partner;
* Any physician with whom you now consult regularly;
* Any person named as a health care proxy;
* Officials at the hospital or other care facility in which you are likely to receive treatment; and
* Any other people or institutions who think it is wise to inform about your medical intentions.