Navigating the World of Healthcare Advance Directives, Part Four


This is the final installment in a series dedicated to an in-depth examination of advance directives: who is eligible for an advance directive, what it is, how to create one, and what to do with the document after it is complete.

Once you’ve created your advance directive, make sure that your healthcare provider, attorney, and the significant persons in your life know that you have this document and where it is located. If you have designated a healthcare surrogate and an alternate surrogate, be sure to ask them if they agree to take on this responsibility. Discuss how you would like matters handled, and give them a copy of the document.

Keep a card or note in your purse or wallet that states that you have an advance directive and where it is located. Double check that your advance directive has the current address and telephone number for your surrogates. Finally, if you change your advance directive, make sure your healthcare provider, attorney, and the significant people in your life have the latest copy.

Start at the beginning with part one of this series.

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