The Advance Healthcare Directive generally takes effect only when a physician determines that you are unable to communicate your wishes concerning treatment. If you later become able to express your own wishes, you will be listened to and the Advance Healthcare Directive will no longer be in effect. Since the agent will have the authority to make medical decisions in the event you are unable to make such decisions yourself, the agent should be a family member or friend whom you trust to follow your instructions.
Before executing an Advance Healthcare Directive, you should talk to the person you want to name as the Agent about your wishes concerning medical decisions, especially life-sustaining treatment.
Once the Advance Healthcare Directive is prepared and signed, your Agent should keep the original document, or at least have access to it if you keep it. You should have a copy and your physician should also keep a copy with your medical records. We can provide you access to your Advance Healthcare Directive via our online portal so you can access the document anytime.
If you are interested in drawing up an Advance Healthcare Directive contact us immediately at 800-244-8814.