Advance Directives  and End-of-Life Issues <ul><li>This presentation is intended as a template </li></ul><ul><li>Modify an...
Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions (Add presenter name, organization’s name and contact information here)
Purpose <ul><li>Discuss advance directives and end-of-life care decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the different types of a...
Do you have a  written plan  stating what health care treatments you would or would not want if you could not speak for yo...
Why Bother?
Why You Need  Advance Directives <ul><li>Your wishes will be known </li></ul><ul><li>Only used if you are unable to expres...
Interesting to note… <ul><li>Most Americans – 88 percent – feel comfortable discussing issues relating to death and dying*...
<ul><li>A written statement of your wishes, preferences and choices regarding  end-of-life health care decisions  </li></u...
Advance Directives  <ul><li>Written instructions about future medical care  </li></ul><ul><li>Only used:  </li></ul><ul><u...
What is a  Living Will ? <ul><li>A legal document with your wishes about medical treatment </li></ul><ul><li>You choose: <...
What is a  Medical Power of Attorney ? <ul><li>A legal form that states who you want to make decisions about medical care ...
Advance Directives:   Advantages <ul><li>You are in charge of making your own decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Documents can be...
Advance Directives:  Disadvantages <ul><li>Advance Directives (AD) may not be available when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Not ...
Medical Terms for End-of-Life Care Decision Making <ul><li>Life-Sustaining Treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial Nutritio...
Resources in Our Community <ul><li>List your local resources here </li></ul>
www.caringinfo.org • 800.658.8898
FREE Resources Available  from  Caring Connections <ul><li>State-specific advance directives </li></ul><ul><li>Advance car...
It’s About How You LIVE! <ul><li>L earn  about your options, choices and decisions </li></ul><ul><li>I mplement  your adva...
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  1. 1. Advance Directives and End-of-Life Issues <ul><li>This presentation is intended as a template </li></ul><ul><li>Modify and/or delete slides as appropriate for your organization and community </li></ul><ul><li>Delete this slide before use </li></ul><ul><li>To view speaker notes and edit presentation, click 'Edit‘, then 'Edit slides ' </li></ul>
  2. 2. Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions (Add presenter name, organization’s name and contact information here)
  3. 3. Purpose <ul><li>Discuss advance directives and end-of-life care decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the different types of advance directives </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize advantages and disadvantages of advance directives </li></ul><ul><li>Identify resources that can help you complete your advance directives </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do you have a written plan stating what health care treatments you would or would not want if you could not speak for yourself?
  5. 5. Why Bother?
  6. 6. Why You Need Advance Directives <ul><li>Your wishes will be known </li></ul><ul><li>Only used if you are unable to express your decisions </li></ul><ul><li>This can happen to anyone – at any age </li></ul><ul><li>Give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind – write down your wishes! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interesting to note… <ul><li>Most Americans – 88 percent – feel comfortable discussing issues relating to death and dying* </li></ul><ul><li>Yet only 42% have a living will* </li></ul><ul><li>*National Survey on Death, Dying, and Hospice Care in America, VITAS Innovative Healthcare, 2004 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>A written statement of your wishes, preferences and choices regarding end-of-life health care decisions </li></ul><ul><li>A tool to help you think through and communicate your choices </li></ul>What are Advance Directives ?
  9. 9. Advance Directives <ul><li>Written instructions about future medical care </li></ul><ul><li>Only used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are seriously ill or injured, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unable to speak for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Living will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical (health care) power of attorney </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What is a Living Will ? <ul><li>A legal document with your wishes about medical treatment </li></ul><ul><li>You choose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What you do want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you don’t want </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What is a Medical Power of Attorney ? <ul><li>A legal form that states who you want to make decisions about medical care </li></ul><ul><li>The person is authorized to speak for you ONLY if you are unable to make your own medical decisions </li></ul><ul><li>May also be called: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;health care proxy or agent&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ health care surrogate” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;durable power of attorney for health care&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Advance Directives: Advantages <ul><li>You are in charge of making your own decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Documents can be changed anytime </li></ul><ul><li>You DO NOT need an attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Documents can help you express your wishes </li></ul><ul><li>Individual forms are available to download for FREE at www.caringinfo.org </li></ul>
  13. 13. Advance Directives: Disadvantages <ul><li>Advance Directives (AD) may not be available when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Not readily available in patient charts </li></ul><ul><li>Living wills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>may not be specific enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>may be overridden by a treating MD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>does not immediately translate into MD order </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Medical Terms for End-of-Life Care Decision Making <ul><li>Life-Sustaining Treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (tube feeding) </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) </li></ul><ul><li>Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (DNR) </li></ul><ul><li>Palliative Care </li></ul><ul><li>Hospice </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources in Our Community <ul><li>List your local resources here </li></ul>
  16. 16. www.caringinfo.org • 800.658.8898
  17. 17. FREE Resources Available from Caring Connections <ul><li>State-specific advance directives </li></ul><ul><li>Advance care planning Web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Brochures to download or order: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Care Agents: Appointing One & Being One </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations Before the Crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You Have Filled Out Your Advance Directive… Now What? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask Tough Questions </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. It’s About How You LIVE! <ul><li>L earn about your options, choices and decisions </li></ul><ul><li>I mplement your advance directive plans </li></ul><ul><li>V oice your decisions </li></ul><ul><li>E ngage others to complete their advance directives </li></ul>

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