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Understanding Advance Medical Directives & Financial Powers of Attorney Thomas E. Baxter & Associates Co., LPA (614) 431-8110.

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2 Understanding Advance Medical Directives & Financial Powers of Attorney Thomas E. Baxter & Associates Co., LPA (614)

3 Advance Medical Directives Health Care Power of Attorney Health Care Power of Attorney Living Will Living Will DNRCC (Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care) DNRCC (Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care)

4 Advance Medical Directives Health Care Power of Attorney Health Care Power of Attorney Delegates power to make medical decisions to the person (agent) of your choosing, even if you are only temporarily unable to communicate Delegates power to make medical decisions to the person (agent) of your choosing, even if you are only temporarily unable to communicate Agent’s powers include: Agent’s powers include: Admitting you to the hospital or other care center Admitting you to the hospital or other care center Approving/disapproving medical treatment Approving/disapproving medical treatment Discontinuing artificially supplied nutrition and hydration, if consistent with your Living Will Discontinuing artificially supplied nutrition and hydration, if consistent with your Living Will

5 Advance Medical Directives Living Will Living Will Clarifies your wish that artificial life- sustaining treatment (including nutrition and hydration) be withheld or withdrawn if you are terminally ill and unable to communicate Clarifies your wish that artificial life- sustaining treatment (including nutrition and hydration) be withheld or withdrawn if you are terminally ill and unable to communicate Standard: “If two doctors say that you are a goner, and the nutrition and hydration are NOT providing you with comfort” Standard: “If two doctors say that you are a goner, and the nutrition and hydration are NOT providing you with comfort”

6 Advance Medical Directives DNRCC (Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care) DNRCC (Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care) Concise form that specifies that Emergency Medical staff are to do the following: Concise form that specifies that Emergency Medical staff are to do the following: WILL: Suction airway, Administer oxygen, Position for comfort, Splint or immobilize, Control bleeding, Provide pain medication & Emotional support, Contact other appropriate health care providers such as Hospice, Home Health, attending Physician WILL: Suction airway, Administer oxygen, Position for comfort, Splint or immobilize, Control bleeding, Provide pain medication & Emotional support, Contact other appropriate health care providers such as Hospice, Home Health, attending Physician WILL NOT: Administer chest compressions, Insert artificial airway, Administer resuscitative drugs, Defibrillate or cardiovert, Provide respiratory assistance, or Cardiac monitoring WILL NOT: Administer chest compressions, Insert artificial airway, Administer resuscitative drugs, Defibrillate or cardiovert, Provide respiratory assistance, or Cardiac monitoring Patient selects when comfort care protocol is to be implemented Patient selects when comfort care protocol is to be implemented Check “DNRCC” – immediate CC Check “DNRCC” – immediate CC Check “DNRCC-Arrest” – CC only implemented in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest Check “DNRCC-Arrest” – CC only implemented in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest Certification of DNRCC status by physician Certification of DNRCC status by physician

7 Durable General Power of Attorney Typically used when client is debilitated or physically unavailable Typically used when client is debilitated or physically unavailable Delegates power to make financial decisions to an Agent Delegates power to make financial decisions to an Agent Can be effective immediately, or be a springing power Can be effective immediately, or be a springing power Critical tool for proper Medicaid planning Critical tool for proper Medicaid planning

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