The Lifecare Advance Directive
"The Lifecare Advance Directive is the only comprehensive,
research-validated advance directive available today."
Everyone needs a quality advance directive
An advance directive typically consists of both a "living will" and an "appointment" document.
The "living will" allows you to write out specific health care instructions which must be followed if you are ever too ill or injured to speak for yourself. Most living wills focus on identifying specific life-sustaining medical treatments that you may want to refuse in certain poor-health situations where others may not otherwise know what you would or would not want done.
The "appointment" document (often a "medical power of attorney" or "proxy" appointment form) allows you to name someone to enforce your living will, and to make any health care decisions that you may have overlooked in your living will.
Together, these documents are called "advance directives" -- or, when combined in a single document, they may be referred to as just an "advance directive."
The challenge most people face is knowing exactly what to write down in their living will, and precisely what directions to give the person they have appointed to represent them.
Further, many people are concerned that current living wills only provide the option to "refuse" health care treatments in certain limited circumstances, without clarifying when they would want to continue accepting care, as well. Numerous published studies have also identified this as a major problem.
Virtually every living will available today addresses fewer than three treatment scenarios, and fewer than three health outcome conditions. Yet, research has revealed that there are many more treatments that need to be included, and numerous additional health conditions that you absolutely must address in your living will.
In the largest study ever conducted on medical decision-making at the end-of-life, involving 9,105 patients nationwide, a review of 4,804 of these patients records found that 688 had advance directives (Teno, 1994 and 1997). After an exhaustive review of the health care received, treatment decisions made, costs expended, etc, the researchers bluntly stated, "Quite simply, as far as we could tell, advance directives were irrelevant to [health care] decision making" (Teno, 1994).
Why? The researchers noted specifically that only 13% of the documents "provided additional instructions for medical care beyond naming a proxy or stating the preferences of a standard living will." Further, only 5.2% "contained specific instructions about the use of life-sustaining medical treatment," and only 3.2% of these "could be applied to the patient's current medical situation." In short, bare-bones, superficial advance directives are entirely "irrelevant to [health care] decision making" (Teno, 1997).
If you don't comprehensively record your wishes, neither your doctors nor the person you appoint to speak for you will know what you would want done. Studies show that uninformed family members make choices that loved ones would NOT want up to 68% of the time. A choice to just "leave it up to my doctor" works no better, as physicains make treatment (and non-treatment) choices that their patients would not want as much as 76% of the time.
The Lifecare Advance Directive is the only advance directive available today that is research-validated to ensure comprehensive personal advance planning ~
It draws upon more than a decade of research to ensure that your living will comprehensively covers all essential areas and issues, and that anyone you appoint to represent you is fully informed and fully empowered to honor the choices you have made ~
"The advance directive you choose can make all the difference in whether your wishes are known and honored, or not. A research-validated document provides you with the greatest assurance available."
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Whether or not you already have an advance directive, you will want a Lifecare Advance Directive to fully safeguard yourself and your loved ones.
Extensive research reveals that there numerous key wishes you should always address in an advance directive. Specifically:
* There are six specific mental conditions you should address;
* There are seven physical conditions that will likely be of importance to you;
* There are three specific statements you absolutely need to make to cover issues of decision-making uncertainty;
* There are three specific medical treatments that no one should let others decide for them without personal input;
* There are 18 powers you should grant your agent or proxy if you want your wishes to be fully honored;
* There are two crucial statements you must specifically make if you really want to remain pain-free when dying;
* There are three explicit statements you must make if you want to ensure that your doctors and medical providers can truly feel free to honor your wishes;
* And, there are numerous other special circumstances that really should be addressed -- if you don't want to burden others with decisions you could have made, that they may later have to make in your behalf.
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Protect yourself and those you love ~~
~ Clearly secure your wishes;
~ Avoid unnecessary suffering;
~ Safeguard yourself and your family...
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Each advance directive is individually crafted to meet the legal requirements for use in your state, district, or major U.S. territory.
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Free State-Standard Advance Directives are Made Available as a Courtesy, for Purposes of Comparison.
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To better understand why you need a Lifecare Directive, download a free PDF copy of the 21-page booklet, "Should I complete an Advance Directive?" by clicking here.
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Note: If you have a loved one who is no longer able to complete an advance directive, you should consider obtaining a "Representative Advance Directive" for use in their behalf. For more information, click here