Advance Directive: What to Include - Topic Overview
A living will and a medical power of attorney are types of
advance directives. These forms describe the kinds of medical care you want to
receive if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from
saying what you want. A medical power of attorney lets you name a person to be
your health care agent. He or she can make decisions for you if you can't speak
Forms are different in each state, so be sure you
get the right ones for where you live. In some states, the forms may ask you to
address certain issues, or they may be more flexible.
For each item, select the number that best describes your situation. Total your scores to get a big picture. Lower scores indicate less manageable situations; higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
The care receiver:
_____ (1) Has few if any financial assets
_____ (2) Doesn't qualify for government assistance programs
_____ (3) Is financially able to pay for needed support and care
_____ (1) Has no financial assets to give to the patient's care