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How Are Living Wills Different Than Advanced Directives?

By Home Care Assistance, 7:29 pm on

As our loved ones age, we want to be sure that their wishes are carried out. They deserve the respect and dignity to end their life in the manner that they choose. So how can families providing home care in Grand Rapids ensure that this happens? Through living wills and advanced directives.

What is a Living Will?

A living will states your decisions on what you would want to have done concerning life-support or decisions in relation to doctors taking extreme measures to continue your life. You may state your wishes in a living will, but you cannot appoint someone to take over if needed. One of the most important things to remember with a living will is to include resuscitate or do not resuscitate orders. A living will only goes into effect if you are terminally ill or are permanently unconscious, which must be determined by two doctors or physicians.

What is an Advanced Directive?

Advanced directives include written instructions on what your medical preferences are. You may also appoint a healthcare power of attorney. The person appointed healthcare power of attorney can make sure that all of your healthcare wishes are carried out, they can hire and fire medical staff as needed, and can have access to your medical records.

Determining the Best Option for Your Aging Loved One

An advanced directive covers more than a living will, and is often preferred by seniors and their families. However, both offer benefits and many of those are dependent on circumstances and laws can vary from state to state so it is important that you speak with a senior care specialist or a professional attorney to help ensure that you make an informed decision.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or is in the final stages of life and you would like to promote their comfort at home, please reach out to Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids today. We specialize 24 hour care and also provide Grand Rapids hourly care to support hospice efforts at home. Call 616-243-0835 for more information and allow our highly trained and compassionate caregivers to take on daily activities so you can spend quality time with your loved one.