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What is the difference between a Power of Attorney and an Advanced Health Care Directive?

What is the difference between a Power of Attorney and an Advanced Health Care Directive? Simply put, an Advanced Health Care Directive puts you in control of your life when you are too sick to make the decisions. A Power of Attorney lets someone else decide your end-of-life medical treatment.

I have a Power of Attorney, I don’t need an Advanced Health Care Directive do I?

Yes. Having a Power of Attorney ensures a person you trust is able to make decisions on your behalf when you are not able to. They will nominate a specific person to make decisions on your life and your future, including your end-of-life health care.  However, when those we love are under extreme stress or in an emotional situation, the health care decisions they make may not be the ones you want.  Similarly, doctors will do all they reasonably can to keep you alive.

An Advanced Health Care Directive will specify exactly what medical treatment you want to receive ahead of any illness or sickness.  It is a document medical practitioner places primary importance on at the end of life. This document can be given to any relevant medical staff before any major health or end-of-life decisions. It’s detail provides instructions like, “Do not resuscitate me,” or “Turn off my life support.”

Your Enduring Power of Attorney allows your appointed person to act on their instincts, a doctor’s advice, or a conversation with you prior to your illness. If you have an Advanced Health Care Directive family or friends no longer have to make the tough decisions for your end-of-life.

If you would like more information about anything you’ve read here please contact Cam Schroder Lawyers for more information on 07 4925 0229.

 

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