Living Wills and Advance Directives
Advance directives are the easiest and most lasting way to ensure your end-of-life healthcare wishes are known and carried out. These articles will help you create clear instructions about what you want.
Advance Directives: What You Need to KnowAn advance directive gives information to healthcare providers about the care you want if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It comprises two parts: a living will and a medical power of attorney.
7 Tips for Improving Your Advance Directive
If you have an advance directive, great—you’re among about 26 percent of Americans who do. Here are tips for making it even better.
Advance Directives for Patients with Alzheimer'sADs are of particular importance for persons with dementia, because nearly all dementias are progressive. Here's how the patient can get his or her wishes in writing before it's too late.
Advance Directives for Patients with CancerIf desired, a cancer patient's doctor can sign a Do Not Leave Home (DNLH) order that tells an emergency medical technician to not take the patient to the hospital or emergency department.
Advance Directives for Patients with COPDThe overarching guideline to an advance directive is the patient’s goals of care. Goals of care change as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease reveals itself.
How VITAS Can Help
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- Personalized care plans by patient's diagnosis
- Interdisciplinary care teams
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Call VITAS to learn how we can help you.Call VITAS at 800.582.9533