According to medical professionals, underlying health conditions, such as heart or lung disease, may increase your risk of COVID-19.
Conditions that may increase your risk of becoming seriously ill:
- Old age
- Lung Problems
- Heart Disease
- Blood Disorders
- Weakened Immune System
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
You also increase your chances of contracting the disease if you are in proximity of other infected persons. If you are at increased risk for coronavirus, it is increasingly important to be legally prepared to avoid further health and financial burdens.
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.
Timely completion of these documents is of the utmost importance as COVID-19 and treatment may restrict your ability to speak or otherwise legally make decisions on your own.
We have streamlined the process to prepare the necessary paperwork through a series of simple online questionnaires.
In most cases we can review your documents and complete the process WITHOUT REQUIRING AN OFFICE VISIT. Access is provided for you to download and print your documents, including instruction on scanning/photographing your signatures for us to witness and complete the process.