Advance Medical Directives
Advance medical directives are written instructions people prepare in advance to let others know what medical care they want to receive, and don't want to receive, in the event they cannot speak for themselves.
There are two types of advance directives:
Advance directives are easier to put in place than many people believe, are usually free, and can save families a great deal of anguish when done properly. No lawyer or notary is needed. Advance directives can also be easily changed or rescinded at any time for any reason, so there should be no fear of being locked in to a decision.
Advance directives are not just for old or ill people – anyone can become unable to communicate his or her wishes at any age due to an accident or sudden illness.
Hospice of the Rapidan is pleased to provide a variety of resources and tools to help people understand advance directives, put one in place, and discuss end-of-life options and choices with family (which can sometimes be difficult). Our knowledgable staff is also available to answer questions and provide guidance about this important but often overlooked aspect of personal planning.
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