As professional businesswomen we tend to be highly organized. But when was the last time you reviewed the more personal documentation of your life, these so-called Advance Directives like a Living Will or a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare? Do they still reflect the medical care you would want if you were too ill to convey your wishes? Furthermore, do you know where these documents are and more importantly, does your family know? If your Advance Directives contain a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form, read below how the DNR has been updated to a POST (Physician’s Order For Scope of Treatment). If your wishes for treatment have changed or you desire to record these instructions for the first time, discuss the POST during your next medical visit. Your physician is generally able to provide you with a copy of the form.
Leave a copy with your family, your physician and whoever will provide medical care so that they can access your wishes for care at the end of life. You can also place your Advance Care documents in the Idaho’s Health Care Directive Registry. After all, when it’s time to leave the stage of life, we want to do it with dignity and without any confusion for those left behind.
Attorney Pete Sisson’s explanation and advice about What is a Post, and Do You Need One?
Resources on POST and advance directives
To get a POST packet: www.homeinsteadseniorcare.com/swidaho
Idaho’s End-of-Life Coalition website at www.Idahoendoflife.org.
Idaho’s Health Care Directive Registry: www.sos.idaho.gov/general/FORMS/Registry_Form.pdf
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