A legal document has certain components that are recognized by various professionals and institutions in society for the benefit of communication and decision-making. These legal documents contain both information and signatures that are then recognized by professionals so people can take certain actions or not. Advance Directive forms fit into this category of legal documents. The difficulty appears when people are intimidated by the form and the legality of them so completing Advance Directives is not as easy as most health care professionals might want.
One form of Advance Directives that is accepted in most states is called The Five Wishes. This document, designed by Aging with Dignity in Florida offers a collection of Wishes that you can consider for yourself when you need health care services. It is best to complete the Five Wishes when you are calm, quiet, and have time to reflect on the statements that this document offers for you to consider.
After you have completed The Five Wishes, go over your decisions for health services with your family members, your doctor or a close friend that you would trust to follow your preferences when medical decisions need to be made and you may not be able to participate in the conversations.
If you want a more detailed, comprehensive, narrative documentation that covers more depth and understanding of you as a person before you become a patient, contact Nancy True of Unlimited Grace LLC and schedule a “Graceful Conversation” that will capture your uniqueness in a personalized written record of your medical preferences.