In the event of an emergency, will your wishes be known and honored? Will your loved ones be prepared to make decisions on your behalf if and when the time comes? Will your loved ones know where to find a copy of your advance directives?
Alleviate the heartache and tough decisions your loved ones could experience during an emergency situation when your end-of-life decisions need to be made. Express your wishes about end-of-life care ahead of time to family, friends, and health care professionals to avoid confusion later on.
As a MedicAlert customer, your written advance directives are safely and confidentially stored and made available when and where they are needed. Feel the comfort in knowing your end-of-life wishes can be updated anytime. Storing your Advance Directive Order in your MedicAlert emergency health record ensures first responders will be notified of your wishes immediately upon contacting MedicAlert.
What Should I Include in my Advance Directives?
When thinking ahead about end-of-life decisions, think explicitly about what medical care you may or may not want when unable to communicate. Treatment options to consider making decisions about can include:
- Tube feeding
- If you want to be resuscitated should your heartbeat or breathing stop
- Organ donation
- The use of dialysis and breathing machines
How Can I Write an Advance Directive?
Advance directives don’t have to be a complicated legal document. They can be as simple as writing a short statement about what you do and don’t want when being treated in an emergency when you are unable to speak.
You can write an advance directive in several ways:
- Use a form provided by your doctor
- Write your wishes down by yourself
- Have a lawyer draft a document
- Call your health department/state department on aging to get a form
Don’t postpone making your treatment wishes known. Give you and your loved ones the peace of mind in knowing your end-of-life wishes will be honored. With MedicAlert’s premier service package Advantage, your advance directives and DNR orders are securely stored and readily available to first responders and medical personal in the event of an emergency.