If you or a family member are experiencing an adverse health event such as COVID-19, there are a number of potential health and financial risks which may be avoided with advance care planning and the appropriate legal documents.
It is vitally important to choose a medical decision maker and to legally document your wishes.
Some patients may have intentions to be kept alive as long as possible, while others may seek quality-of-life and comfort. Advance directive forms dictate not only your specific care providers and intentions, but also who can make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to speak for yourself. Your decision maker could approve the use of medical interventions such as CPR or other resuscitation techniques, breathing machine or ventilator, dialysis, feeding tube, blood transfusions, surgery, and medicines.
End-of-life decisions are also dictated through these documents. Your medical decision maker can dictate whether you stay in the hospital or are transferred home, can request an autopsy, donate your organs, and follow your plans for burial or cremation.
While hospitalized, your affairs at home still require management.
A safe plan also has to be established to manage your personal property and finances while you are hospitalized. This may include bill payments, taking care of other family members, and taking care of pets.
How we can help:
- We can inform you of the legal options specific to your situation.
- If you do not have an updated Last Will and Testament, we can prepare or update your existing will.
- We can document your wishes in a South Carolina Advance Healthcare Directive, called a Living Will.
- We can establish a Health Care Power of Attorney (Healthcare Proxy) for your medical decision maker.
- If necessary, create a HIPAA Release (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
- We can provide you with a Durable Power of Attorney for your medical decision maker.
In most cases we can establish the necessary documents via phone and online, WITHOUT REQUIRING AN OFFICE VISIT.
Prior planning is of the utmost importance as COVID-19 and treatment may restrict your ability to speak or otherwise legally make decisions on your own.
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