Role of advance directives


Roleof advance directives


  1. Meaning of advance directive and the types

  2. Role of advance directives to families and caregivers

  1. Importance of adverse directives

  1. Preparing patients during such a time when they are unconscious

  2. Adverse directives are permissible in law

  1. End of life decisions

  1. Following the wish of the patient by a different doctor through the adverse directive document

  2. Peaceful and fulfilling end of life for patients

  1. Role of adverse directives in end of life decisions

  1. The patient feels that his or her wishes are respected

  2. Makes treatment cheaper in cases of terminal illnesses

Inan event of a patient failing to make precise and expressive verdictsdue to their ailing and deteriorating state of health, they fill inand sign official papers sanctioned by a decree, which speak on theirbehalf (Armstronget., 1991).These forms are health care advance directives. There are twodistinct types the corporeal willpower expresses through which anindividual chooses to make prior instructions for imminent curativeorientations, and the alternate through which a counsel appoints ahealth care personnel to aid the individual in making decisionsregarding their ailing state of health when called upon (Brauer etal., 2013). The directives aim at talking on behalf of the individualwhen they can no longer do so due to adverse medical conditions. Byso doing, health care givers are positioned to knowing how best todeal with the patient (Caringconnections, 2008).The directives also serve as communication links between theindividuals and their family and relatives making decisions regardingthem in events of extreme conditions easy.

Importanceof advance directives

Theadvance directives are vital in that they prepare an individual tocircumstances that would surround their health in scenarios that theywould be unconscious to make judgments on their own such as mentalhealth illnesses (Armstronget., 1991).Advance directives are in essence permissible hence requisite. Healthcare representatives opting to go contrary to them would thereforeface the law. By so doing, they are bound to providing excellentmedical services to their patients hence the individual is guaranteedof excellent care. According to (Brauer et al., 2013), priorassessments of possible treatment options complete using the advancedirectives. This helps in preparing them both emotionally andmentally over what awaits them in future. It thus averts on possiblestress keeping family abreast with information vital in handling theillness hence noble end of life health care decisions.

Endof life decisions

Endof life health decisions in terms of advance directives are quitefundamental in that in emergency cases where an individual visits adifferent doctor from their family doctor who has their medicalhistory at heart, the said doctor acquits themselves with thepatient’s wishes (Caringconnections, 2008).This hence ensures that all their wishes and commands follow to theletter without breach of contract. Personal discussion of end of lifedecisions to an individual’s doctor creates a peaceful atmospherefor them. In instances where the individual suffers from lifethreatening illnesses, they guarantee of a peaceful and assuringending. According to (Reichel et al., 2007), their last days ofliving are not only peaceful but also fulfilling as one gets anassurance that their wishes are at the health care workers bestinterests.

Advancedirectives also play a unique role of comforting an individual andassuring them that they are loved and important. This happens byacknowledging their wishes through the directive. For one to be partyto making their end of life health decisions, they feel the controlover their lives making them feel the importance despite theirinability to make decisions by themselves at the time when thedirective implements eventually (Armstronget., 1991).In the cases of terminal illnesses that require more involvement,advance directives come in handy in relieving both patient and familyfrom anguish as probable treatment option could be included (Reichelet al., 2007). This therefore also makes treatment for such illnessesless expensive and less mind torturing. End of life health decisionsare not easy and for one to voluntarily make them only proves thesignificant role they play in offering a therapeutic feeling ofrelief to the individual.


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