The purpose of an Advanced Health Care Directives is to make it easier and more practical for you to state your medical care wishes in a legally binding format.
Which matters are covered by an AHCD?
An AHCD essentially combines four health care documents into one. Within this document you are able to:
- nominate a health care agent;
- nominate a conservator;
- state your wishes with regard to the continuation of medical treatment in the event that you are in a persistent vegetative state with no likelihood of recovery; and
- state your wishes regarding organ donation.
What are the benefits to an AHCD?
The consequences of failing to have health care documents in place can be expensive and even disastrous. The well-known case of Terry Schiavo illustrates the potential problems that can arise without an AHCD. Schiavo, who had suffered a severe brain injury, was receiving artificial nutrition and hydration for ten years while her relatives battled about whether to withdraw treatment. Ultimately, the courts decided that her husband’s desire to withdraw her artificial feeding tubes should be honored, and shortly after, Terry Schiavo died.
This situation could have been avoided completely has Ms. Schiavo signed an AHCD nominating an agent to make decisions for her, or stating whether or not she wanted to be kept alive with artificial support.
If you were injured or gravely ill, wouldn’t you want your medical caregivers to know exactly from whom they needed permission in order to treat you? Wouldn’t it be important to you for medical staff to be aware of your wishes regarding life-sustaining care?
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Darol Tuttle, Attorney at Law, P.S. services clients in Washington State to include Thurston County, Pierce County, King County and Snohomish County to include cities such as Olympia, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Seattle, Burien, Des Moines, Renton, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds and Everett.