Make Patients and the Public Aware of the Need for a Living Will

There have been some stories recently in the news that focus on the challenging circumstance of what occurs when someone does not leave a living will. They may talk about their wishes with a loved one, or assume that others know what they would like done, but this is not enough. A legal document, a living will must be in place to ensure that what an adult would like to happen during end-of-life or serious circumstances happens as they wish.

 

Every adult needs a living will. Hospitals know that unexpected circumstances can arise at just about any age. Making your patients aware of the importance and need for living wills will help serve your community more effectively and successfully.

 

According to MayoClinic.org patients will want to have advanced directives in place. This is not simply a living will, but several other documents to protect patients – and patients should be aware of the importance of each.

 

Advanced directives give written instructions with your medical care preferences. If you are unable to make decisions regarding your healthcare, these written instructions will offer clarity.

 

A living will is also a form of an advanced directive and specifically states the types of medical treatments and what kinds of life-sustaining measures you would like to be given – or not to be taken if they are to be considered for your medical treatment.

 

A medical/healthcare power of attorney will designate a person (called your health care agent/proxy) who can make medical decisions for you if you are not able to do so.

 

A DNR order (do not resuscitate) is a request to not have CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the patient’s heart stops or if they stop breathing.

 

No one likes to think of the unexpected or tragic occurring, but it is helpful to be prepared to best take care of your family and loved ones so they can manage the circumstance well. It also means that your wishes for how this circumstance will be managed will happen. Patients should be aware of the need for advance directives such as living wills and putting them in place.

 

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/living-wills/art-20046303

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About Saleem Mohammed
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: I have substantial experience in Healthcare Marketing and PR, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Outsourcing & Backroom Office Establishment and Management, Healthcare Account Management, and Multimedia Marketing. My recruitment experience covers nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare workers that are sourced all over US and overseas. As BDO, I brought a start-up company to its highest revenue mark, expanded its menu of services, designed & streamlined HR procedures and built effective cost-cutting measures. SPECIALTIES include, but is not limited to: Healthcare Marketing, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Staffing Coordinator, Healthcare Recruitment, Account Management, Business Development, Healthcare Sales and Pricing Strategy, HR Training & Development, Career Coaching

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