Following is general information on Health Care Advance Directives — Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Surrogates, or Health Care Powers of Attorney — what they are, and their advisability.
← See Health Care Advance Directives By State, at left. In the U.S. Health Care Advance Directives are a matter of state law, which varies state to state. Consult competent counsel in your State.
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The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), provides a useful resource list with excerpts and links to multiple sources of information on Legal . . . → Read More: Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A NIA Resource List
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides free downloads of forms for Health Care Advance Directives for all 50 States, along with instructions, and related information. These forms are provided free of charge on the Organization’s website, What . . . → Read More: Download Your State’s Advance Directive for Healthcare Form
A new study by Yale researchers published today in the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA journals of the American Medical Association, found that Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders were associated with poor surgical outcomes and a higher risk of death . . . → Read More: Yale Study Links ‘Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders’ to Poor Surgical Outcomes & Higher Risk of Death
Fact Sheet by the Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, a nonprofit organization. “This Fact Sheet is not intended to provide a comprehensive planning tool. It outlines areas we need to think about and resources that can help, . . . → Read More: End-of-Life Decision-Making
Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney: Don’t Leave Home Without Them, Holland & Knight LLP. Introduction to the importance of having a living will or designating a health care power of attorney or surrogate to make health . . . → Read More: Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney: Don’t Leave Home Without Them
Advance Directives, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good source of extensive links to general information on Advance Directives, such as living wills, health care proxies or surrogate designations, . . . → Read More: Advance Directives
An Excerpt from “A Guide to Living Wills and Health Care Proxies,” Harvard Health Publications. Provides a brief introduction to what health care advance directives are, and why they are important. “ Advance care directives allow you to choose . . . → Read More: An Excerpt from “A Guide to Living Wills and Health Care Proxies,”
Ethical And Legal Issues, Aging in the Know, by American Geriatric Society (AGS), Foundation for Health in Aging. Discusses legal and ethical issues in end-of-life decisions, including each person’s right to give informed consent concerning his or her medical . . . → Read More: Ethical And Legal Issues, Aging in the Know
End-of-Life Choices: CPR & DNR, Family Caregiver Alliance. General discussion of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Form. These are matters that are frequently the subject of Advance Directives such as living wills or decisions that an . . . → Read More: End-of-Life Choices: CPR & DNR
End-Of-Life Decisions: Advance Directives, 4 page pamphlet of general information on Advance Directives provided by Caring Connections, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, supported by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Hispanic . . . → Read More: End-Of-Life Decisions: Advance Directives
Put it in Writing: Questions and Answers on Advance Directives, 10 page booklet by the American Hospital Association. Provides a good general introduction to living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care (sometimes called medical powers of . . . → Read More: Put it in Writing: Questions and Answers on Advance Directives
Health Care Agents: Appointing One and Being One, a 32 page booklet by Caring Connections, a Program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Discusses health care agents (sometimes called health care proxies or surrogates) and living wills, . . . → Read More: Health Care Agents: Appointing One and Being One
Making Decisions for a Loved One at the End of Life, Brochure by the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine. Discusses some basic pointers for the caregiver faced with the need to make medical . . . → Read More: Making Decisions for a Loved One at the End of Life
See Archives of Additional Information on Overview of Health Care Advance Directives.
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