Most people would agree that planning ahead is a good decision. However, when it comes to healthcare, all too many people neglect to put a plan in place. There are few circumstances more stressful and traumatic than those involving emergency medical service.
Having a plan in place will ensure that your wishes are respected while easing the burden on your loved-ones. These plans are known as “Advance Directives.” And, despite what some people think, they are not merely for the elderly.
Advance Directives are incredibly important for everyone over the age of 18.
An Advance Directive accomplishes three things: first, you will ensure that the medical treatment you receive is actually the treatment you desire; second, your family and loved ones won’t have to bear the burden of making big decisions at an emotionally traumatic time; and, finally, Advance Directives can help to avoid subsequent litigation involving questions about your intent, desires or expectations.
Without an Advance Directive, a person risks not having their wishes respected about major medical decisions. Furthermore, even if there are certain decisions you don’t want to have to make ahead of time, there is a risk that a medical service provider would make choices on your behalf and prevent your loved ones from having a say. For example, in some states, a person’s spouse cannot make certain medical decisions on behalf of that person in the absence of an Advance Directive.
Leaving these things to chance is simply not worth the risk.
Should you like any additional information on Advance Directives, or assistance in ensuring that you have one in place, please feel free to contact our office.