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Long term care planning and healthcare directives

Although thinking about what would happen if you suffer from a medical crisis may be difficult, it is important to have plans in place in case the unthinkable happens. Medical care advance directives can help a family understand what their loved one would want and can help make this stressful time easier.

If a person becomes medically incapacitated in an emergency, there are certain healthcare decisions that may need to be made. If a person is incapacitated they often cannot make these medical decisions, so their family will need to make them for them. Advance care planning is a way for a person to review the medical decisions that may need to be made and have their wishes written down in a legal document called an advance directive.

An advance directive usually refers to medical decisions that need to be made for end of life care. There are several ways a doctor can keep a person alive. These include CPR, the use of a ventilator and tube feeding. These measures can prolong life, but doesn't always make a person any better, especially if they are at the end of life.

Decisions regarding medical interventions are very personal. One person may want everything possible done to them regardless of the quality of their life, while another person would want to stay alive only if they were brought back to their original self. Decisions about medical interventions tend to change as a person gets older, so a healthcare directive is often frequently updated.

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