Use a Health care personal directive to the name of somebody to make important decisions for you if you are not able due to disease or injury.
What is it? A personal directive is an authoritative statement that you write for your end-of-life healthcare in the case when you are unable to make personal decisions in the future on your own. The document:
- Write names of people or a person you’ve selected to follow up for your behalf as an agent or agents to make choices for you
- Ensure your composed instruction are identified in case something occurs to you
- is non-compulsory and compulsory
- If you’re found to lack capacity
Kinds of instructions to write on Personal Directive – Your instructions can be about any or every single matter, such as;
- where you’d like to die or live at the end-of-life
- who you will love to live with you
- What type of medical treatments you would want or wouldn’t want
- Who you wish to medical care
- The decision about a different kind of personal activities; Education, employment, recreation.
- any other legal & own decisions
Why you should write-
When it comes to writing a personal directive, you select who will’s identity your agents or agent. Keep in mind, and you can choose more than one agent. However, if you do not have a personal directive you can experience the following issues at the end-of-life;
- You won’t have the right to select your agent if you are unable to decide for yourself
- Special health care at home or hospital
- Loved ones or family member may go to court to become your healthcare agent, but this process takes time and money.
When Personal Directive takes effect-
Your prefer person or agent take steps to make decisions for you if:
- Something occurs, and it would seem that you’re not capabilities to make the right decisions for you
- Your physical capacity assessment is done & confirm that you can no longer make the right decisions
- If you mentally or physically improve, it is legally right to take back the power to make your own choices or decisions. However, this is only affirmed with a capacity assessment.
How to prepare a personal directive;
Step 1- Talk to your agent- There is required talk to people or person you want to make decisions for you:
- Must agree to be your agents or agent
- Know your agent or agents what your wishes and instructions are
Step 2- How to write your personal directive. There are two options to choose from:
- Fill out the form
- Use the form as a guide.
Step 3- Sign it – Keep in mind to include the proper signatures. You and your witness must sign your personal directive because it is a legal document.
Step 4. Give out copies- There is required to make copies of your personal directive and give them to:
- your doctor
- your agent or agents
- any other key people
Register your personal directive-
You need to register your personal healthcare directive with the Government institute after that approved healthcare professionals can contact the OPGT to find out:
- Have you a personal directive or not
- how will to contact your agent or agents when required
The registry: There are two ways to register a personal directive.
- Online –Go to a Personal Directive Registry page to create an online account.
- By mail – Download the registration form and Submit the form Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.