An Advance Directive for Health Care (also known as a Living Will or a Medical Power of Attorney) is a document that preserves your right to direct your own medicaid decisions in situations where you lack the capacity to express them for yourself. In one part of the Advance Directive you can prepare an instruction directive where you spell out the care you do or do not want. In a different part you can appoint a health care representative to speak on your behalf if you can no longer do so. Your document can have one or both parts. Advance directives are very important for end of life care – especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Listen to the episode to learn more about them.
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