Another Reason to Have a Health Care Power of Attorney

by Jackie Bedard on April 12, 2010

in Estate Planning,Health Care Directive

In several posts, including this one and this one, I’ve discussed the importance of having a Health Care Power of Attorney (also known as a Health Care Directive) for all adults. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times had brought to light another reason to create one: Advanced directives for end-of-life care results in preferred treatment.

According to recent studies, those that have documented their wishes regarding end-of-life treatment have their wishes honored over 80% of the time. “Researches found that of the 398 incapacitated people who had used a living will to request limited care at the end of life, almost 83% received it.” Additionally, “of the 417 incapacitated people who had requested comfort care in a living will, 97% received it.”

In our office we supplement our Health Care Powers of Attorney with worksheets to help our clients better document their express wishes regarding important health care decisions.

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