While you may not like to think about events or illnesses that would cause you to lose your ability to communicate what you would want for medical treatment, accidents and medical crisis can happen. These situations can put stress on family members who are then asked what you would like for medical care. By completing a Power of Attorney for Health Care (POAHC) form, you are clearly stating your wishes now to take theburden off your loves ones' shoulders later. A POAHC allows them to confidently honor your wishes.
It is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give them.
Monroe Clinic's Spiritual Care Department is here to help you through the process of completing your advance directives. To schedule an appointment, please call 608-324-1466. For all other Advance Directives questions, please call 608-324-2000.
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a written document of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment. A POAHC form is one type of advance directive which provides such instrcution. It also designates another person to represent those decisions should you become unable to make decisions for yourself.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Bracelets
An additional advance planning measure you may choose is the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) bracelet. A written order by a Wisconsin licensed physician to a qualified patient will direct EMS and healthcare personnel not to attempt CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on a person wearing the bracelet.
If you wish to learn more about obtaining the DNR bracelet, talk to your physician.
For tips on completing a Power of Attorney for Health Care, click here.