Advance Healthcare Directive

A document that appoints a person to carry out your personal healthcare wishes if you are ever unconscious or unable to make your own decisions. The appointment typically becomes effective upon your incapacity. At that time, the agent you appoint will have access to your medical information and will be able to make all healthcare decisions on your behalf, including whether to continue or withdraw medical care, whether to admit or release you from a medical facility, and whether to agree to or refuse any medication or procedure. You should carefully consider who you appoint as your agent and pick someone who will understand your values and wishes and will carry them out, someone you can trust, and someone who can manage your family.

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