Advance Directives Bring Peace of Mind to Family and Friends
If you became incapacitated and could not make decisions about your medical care, would your loved ones know what to do?
Florida Blue is proud to support the state’s initiative to educate Floridians of all ages on the need for health care advance directives.
You have probably heard stories about the heartbreaking conflicts and challenges that arise among family members when a loved one dies. With an advanced directive, your family members, doctors and other health care providers would know what your health care desires are ahead of time.
There are four types of advance directives recognized in the state of Florida. They include a:
- Living will – a set of written instructions that specify what actions should be taken if someone is no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.
- Health care surrogate designation – a person designated as your surrogate to make health-care decisions on your behalf.
- Durable power of attorney – a person who becomes an attorney-in-fact and can make all decisions regarding care such as medical, therapeutic and surgical procedures.
- Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order – a legal order to respect the wishes of a patient who decides not to undergo life support procedures.
Understanding your options allows you to make decisions that are right for you and your family. Careful planning and communication is a good beginning. Equally important is a discussion with others, such as your family, friends, doctors and spiritual counselors. While these conversations may be difficult, they are essential to making choices about the care that is right for you.
You may access legal documents on the Florida Blue website, under Member Forms, which also contains a link to the Florida Agency for Health Care Information for life planning information. You can also get more information by accessing WebMD through the member website. Additionally, the Aging with Dignity website offers resources to begin the conversation with your loved ones.
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