A health care directive is a written document that informs others of an individual’s health care wishes. In a health care directive, one can assign a person, or agent, to make decisions relative to health care matters if that individual is unable to.
(1) a durable power of attorney for health care (POA),
(2) a declaration for mental health treatment, and
(3) a living will.
An advance directive can be important tool for individuals with mental health and other disability services, as it clearly outlines how care should be administered to him/her in the event that they lack the ability to make personal health choices. The document gives medical providers, family and friends direction on how to care for an individual in a clear and legally binding format. An advance directive helps ensure that a person is cared for in the manner that the individual wants to when he/she is unable to communicate those wishes and not in a manner that is in the best wishes of others.
In the event that you are prevented from making important health care decisions on your behalf, Luftman, Heck & Associates can provide assistance in preparing a health care power of attorney, durable financial power of attorney and living will. Such documents will make certain that you designate an individual whom is authorized to make health care and financial decisions for you in the event of a disability.
Planning for these matters in advance will save your family and loved ones time and money, and avoid the need for a guardianship to be established through complex legal procedures in the event of a health crisis. To begin the process for you or a loved one, contact us today.