Advance Directives

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Advance directives are legal documents that state what you would like to do with your medical care when you are too ill or hurt to make the decision. There are two options, which a person can choose. One is a living will and the other is a medical power of attorney. Each one is different and has different ways of handing your end of life decisions. It is simple to go online and find the forms for your state and more information on which one would better suit your decisions. Living wills are used to describe your preferences for medical care when you get into an accident or illness and are not able to speak for yourself. It is recommended you have one no matter what your age is. Accidents and illness can happen to anyone at any time. Living…show more content…
(7) ARTIFICIAL NUTRITION AND HYDRATION: Artificial nutrition and hydration must be provided, withheld or withdrawn in accordance with the choice I have made in paragraph (6) unless I mark the following box. If I mark this box [X], artificial nutrition and hydration must be provided regardless of my condition and regardless of the choice I have made in paragraph (6). (8) RELIEF FROM PAIN: If I mark this box [X], I direct that treatment to alleviate pain or discomfort should be provided to me even if it hastens my death. HAWAII ADVANCE HEALTH-CARE DIRECTIVE — PAGE 6 OF 11 (9) OTHER WISHES: (If you do not agree with any of the optional choices above and wish to write your own, or if you wish to add to the instructions you have given above, you may do so here.) I direct…show more content…
Your Hawaii Advance Health-Care Directive is an important legal document. Keep the original signed document in a secure but accessible place. Do not put the original document in a safe deposit box or any other security box that would keep others from having access to it. 2. Give photocopies of the signed original to your agent and alternate agent, doctor(s), family, close friends, clergy, and anyone else who might become involved in your health care. If you enter a nursing home or hospital, have photocopies of your document placed in your medical records. 3. Be sure to talk to your agent(s), doctor(s), clergy, family, and friends about your wishes concerning medical treatment. Discuss your wishes with them often, particularly if your medical condition changes. 4. Hawaii allows you to note that you have completed an advance directive on your driver’s license. You may want to have this notation made, so that your family, friends, and physicians will know that you have made an advance directive and would like for it to be found and honored. 5. You may also want to save a copy of your form in an online personal health records application, program, or service that allows you to share your medical documents with your physicians, family, and others who you want to take an active role in your advance care

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