Participants had limited or no professional experience with advance directives
and often prefaced their discussion with words such as, "I think "From my understanding .
Richard Scott, 5 Problems with Advance Directives
org/stateaddownload has state-specific advance directive
forms and information on advance care planning that can be downloaded at no cost.
It isn't necessary to hire a lawyer when doing advance directives
, though an attorney can be helpful in explaining terms and procedures.
They rose to the challenge of change, providing valuable consultative and educational assistance with issues such as living wills, advance directives
and hospice care.
The workshops also shed light on local, regional, and state legal resources for elders and their caregivers, such as the statewide Senior Legal Helpline--(888) 895-7873--a toll-free telephone line and referral service, where elders can address legal questions regarding housing, health care, family law, employment, advance directives
, and other issues.
To facilitate this process, initiative organizers will provide clear, concise, and consistent information and tools for the public to execute written advance directives
(healthcare power of attorney and/or living will) in accordance with their applicable state laws.
Though acknowledging that "even explicit statements may need interpretation," Brudney classifies the choices expressed in advance directives
as actual expressions of self-determination that should trump the other values that might influence bedside choices.
Talking to patients about advance directives
is something that health care professionals know should be done.
The PSDA has many provisions, including the requirement of nursing homes to discuss advance directives
on a resident's admission to a nursing home (General Accounting Office [GAO], 1995).
Have administrative personnel familiarize themselves with their state's laws on advance directives
, resuscitation decisions, and the determination of death.
Much of the debate on the Mental Capacity Bill so far has focused on the issue of advance directives
and withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration.