End of Life Decision Making (Part 2 of the form): The decision to receive treatments that may help you live longer is a personal one. You may want a say in this decision or you may simply want to follow your doctor's recommendation. Either way, you should understand what your choices are and provide your healthcare agent with direction on your preferences. Below is some information to get your started. If you have specific questions, we encourage you to talk to your doctor before you decide.
In general, you have two options:
Important Thoughts to Keep in Mind
Organ Donation (Part 3 of the form): One of the most common questions we receive is whether or not someone should become an organ donor. We believe that the decision to or not to participate as an organ or tissue donor is a personal choice. Because we are not experts in the field, we thought it best to direct you to a few resources to help you make an informed decision.
First, we suggest you have a conversation with your doctor. He or she will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as debunk the myths about how health or age affect your suitability as a donor.
Second, the links below will direct you to various non-profit organizations that promote organ donation. You should feel free to search the internet for other reliable organizations to answer questions you may have.
Donate Life America:
Donate Life California:
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If you are reviewing your draft estate planning documents,
1) Stop treatment that prolongs your life. Instead, receive only treatment that focuses on your comfort and quality of life; or
2) Don't stop treatment that prolongs your life.
If there is a good chance that your illness can be cured or managed, your doctor may advise you to first try available treatments. If these don't work, then you might think about stopping treatment.
If you stop treatment, you will still receive care that focuses on pain relief, comfort, and the quality of your life. This is called hospice or palliative care.
A decision to stop treatment that keeps you alive doesn't have to be permanent. You can always change your mind if your health starts to improve.
Even though treatment focuses on helping you live longer, it may cause side effects that can greatly affect your quality of life and your ability to spend time with your family and friends.
If you still have personal goals that you want to pursue, you may want treatment that keeps you alive long enough to achieve them.
Things to consider as you review your ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE