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PLEASE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMPLETE AN ADVANCED DIRECTIVES FORM, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR AND THEN PROVIDE US WITH A COPY. YOU MAY EXPLORE THE WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN.
This legal document is known also by the names: Living Will, Advanced Directive to Physicians and Medical Directive. In the state of Washington, this document is recognized if: (1) you have a diagnosed terminal illness or condition where treatments would only artificially prolong the process of dying, or (2) you are in a permanent, unconscious condition.
Procedures needed to ease pain are not affected by a living will – a person with a living will can still expect to be given treatment needed to ease pain.
You are able to prepare this document at any time, even if you have no illness or disease at the current time. It is prudent to define your wishes at a time when you can give careful consideration to the treatments you approve and disapprove. To be valid, an advanced directive must be dated and signed in the presence of two witnesses. Both witnesses must also sign. The witnesses may not be: (a) related to you by blood or marriage; (b) entitled to inherit money or property from you if you die; (c) people to whom you owe money; (d) your attending doctor or the doctor's employee; or (e) an employee of a health facility where you are a patient. A living will does not need to be witnessed by a notary.
An advanced directive may be revoked or cancelled at any time.
In addition to Advanced Directives, you should also obtain a POLST form from your healthcare provider. The POLST is an 8 ½ x 11 document, green, two-sided form that acts as a summary for health care and emergency personnel of an individual’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments. It is advisable that you have both Advance Directives as well as a POLST form if you are terminally ill.
Although Advanced Directives are available on Internet sites and through associations and special interest groups for free, you may consider working with an Elder Law Attorney who can help translate your specific preferences into the document. Particularly if you have concerns about family members disagreeing with your choices, you should consider working with a legal professional who can help create all documents for your estate plan, inclusive of:
Wills or Trusts
Durable Power of Attorney
To find an Elder Law Attorney to assist you, visit the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys web siteand click on “Find an Attorney”; or visit the the CHOICE Advisory web site to view Attorneys advertising their services to the public.
Senior Information & Assistance also offers free template forms on their web site:
Free Durable Power of Attorney Form: Durable Power of Attorney PDF
Free Advance Directive Form: http://compassionwa.org/advance-directive/
Created from a grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy organization devoted exclusively to health and health care, this printed or on-line form offers an alternative to what is typically thought of as an Advance Directive. Once completed and notarized, it constitutes a legal document. In addition to setting forth the types of medical treatments you do and do not want, this document goes further to clarify the comfort measures you want implemented at the end of your life. Additionally, it covers how you want to be treated and what you want your loved ones to know about your preferences.
The First Wish of the Five Wishes document names a Health Care Agent, which should match the name(s) of the agent(s) you list in your Durable Power of Attorney. Five Wishes is written in a manner to cover health care related matters, but not financial matters. For financial matters, you will need to consider having a Durable Power of Attorney document in addition to your Five Wishes document. Also, if you are terminally ill, you should also complete a POLST form with your health care professional. To obtain a copy of Five Wishes, visit: Agin with Dignity website or call toll free: 1-888-594-7437.
POLST stands for The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a document available from your primary care provider with the intended use of summarizing specific preferences an individual has regarding end of life treatments. This two sided, green 8 ½ x 11 page document is intended for individuals with an advanced life-limiting illness.
This document has replaced the EMS-No CPR form used in the past (Emergency Medical Services – No Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). The POLST form covers the patient’s wishes for resuscitation, medical interventions, antibiotics and artificial feedings.
With the help of your Physician, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant-Certified, you will outline specifically which measures and treatments will and which measures will not be carried out.
The form is portable, which means it can be taken from healthcare to long-term care settings without the need to complete another form. The POLST form specifically translates your wishes into actual physician orders.
In addition to a POLST form, you should also have Advance Directives (or The Five Wishes Form). The POLST form is a quick guide to emergency and healthcare personnel whereas Advanced Directives are more extensive in nature.