• Advanced Directives
  • Out of all this pain and controversy has been born one very positive outcome: a national awareness of the need for Advanced Health Care Directives. To read an additional wonderfully written article on this by Dr. Petty, we suggest that you look in the January 2004 Second Wind. We now reprint part of this on the Five Wishes Living Will Program, as recommended by Dr. Petty, which will help you with Advanced Directives.
  • If you're wondering what the Living Will or Advanced Directives this will help. The Five Wishes Living Will helps you to understand this whole process much better. This Five Wishes Program embodies and clarifies or expands on the advance directives that can be used to guide surrogate decision making. Details follow:
  • There are a few states (about 10) in which Five Wishes does not yet meet the legal requirements. These states either require a specific state form, or that the person completing an advance directive be read a mandatory notice or "warning." Residents of these states can still use Five Wishes to put their wishes in writing and communicate their wishes with their family and physician. Most health care professionals understand they have a duty to listen to the wishes of their patients no matter how they are expressed.
  • Laws vary from state to state. Many states have Living Wills or Advanced Directive forms available from the state Thoracic Society or from the individual State Government. Some of these are free and others also charge about $5.00. An example is the one that can be gotten for $5 from the California Medical Association at www.cmanet.org/bookstore.
  • The only important thing is to make sure that you and everyone in your family over the age of 18 seriously considers filling out one of these advanced directives so that no matter what state their body is in, they remain in ultimate control.

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