Advance Health Directives can help you plan what medical treatment or health care you would want to receive in the event you are too ill to make those kinds of decisions for yourself.
You can specify exactly what treatment is acceptable to you and what isn’t. You’re also able to communicate special information to medical staff through this document, such as allergies, medications or religious beliefs that impact upon the types of treatments acceptable to you.
Without an Advance Health Directive in place there are no legal means to make your wishes known about when to stop or withhold life-sustaining measures. Such wishes include whether you wish to receive CPR to keep your heart beating or assisted ventilation to keep you breathing.
This document allows you the opportunity to relieve your family and/or Attorney of the burden of making such difficult decisions in these situations and permits you to direct your family and medical staff of the exact health care and personal care you wish to receive.