Three myths regarding Advance Care Planning:
1. “My spouse knows what I want.”
When “that time comes, “the person you trust now may not be willing, or available, or able to convince the opposition to honor your wishes (without your clear expression of your specific wishes).
2. “I already have a Living Will.”
Most Living Wills are NOT effective for Advanced Dementia. To be certain your future physician will provide the most aggressive treatment to relieve pain and suffering (if needed), you need to sign another form. Few people know they can have TWO Living Wills.
3. “I am at peace with my choice for DNR (Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate).”
Many people are not informed that they might survive an arrest but still avoid chest compressions; or that having a DNR order puts them at risk for being denied treatments they DO want; or that Living Wills put them at risk for not receiving resuscitation that they may still want.
Caring Advocates’ clinical, legal, and pastoral health care professionals are dedicated to help you…
learn your end-of-life options;
express your wishes strategically: and,
serve as your advocates so others DO honor your wishes.