California Advance Health Care Directives

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A California advance health care directive enables you to have a say about how you want to be treated should you become extremely sick or incapacitated. You may fall ill and be unable to communicate. For example, if you are in a car accident and fall into a coma or if you suffer from dementia at the end of your life or experience cardiac complications, then you will be unable to communicate your wishes to doctors and care providers.

Some individuals feel very strongly about medical care. While one patient may want all surgeries possible performed and may want to remain on life support if this is the only option at the end of his or her life, others don't want any surgery and do not want life support. You can state your wishes in a healthcare directive with the help of Atlantis Law's estate planning attorneys in Rancho Cucamonga.

Making Your Own Healthcare Choices for the Future

Your advance healthcare directive will not only express your wishes for care but also designate an agent to state these wishes on your behalf or make decisions based on what you likely would have chosen. On the advance healthcare directive form, you will be required to list information about whether or not your healthcare agent can make decisions for your now or only after you have become incapacitated.

You can then decide whether or not you would go through certain medical treatments, procedures, or life-preserving techniques. You can also determine whether or not you would prefer to pass away at home or in a hospital and whether religion and spirituality are important to you and why.

Choosing a Healthcare Agent

In order to make a legitimate California advance health care directive, you will need to choose a person who can make medical decisions for you should you become too ill to make them yourself. If you fail to choose a healthcare agent, then your doctor will probably choose your family members to make decisions for you in the event of a medical emergency.

The requirements for a healthcare agent are that the person:

  • Must be a designated family member or friend
  • Must be at least 18
  • Must know you well
  • Must be there for you when you need him or her
  • Must be trustworthy
  • Must be able to tell your doctor about your decisions

Choices Your Healthcare Agent Can Make for You

A healthcare agent has the ability to say no to doctors, nurses, or social workers and refuse or acquiesce to medications and tests. Also, the agent will be able to determine what happens to your organs after you die and will determine what hospitals or clinics you are treated at as necessary.

Your agent will also be able to make decisions regarding:

  • Life support
  • CPR
  • Dialysis
  • Breathing machines or ventilators
  • Blood transfusions
  • Surgery
  • Medications
  • Feeding tubes
  • End-of-life care

The advance healthcare directive can serve as your agent's guideline, helping him or her to make the decisions that best reflect your wishes.

If you want to learn more, get in touch with an attorney at Atlantis Law today!

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