The choices you make today may someday play an important role in your plan of care tomorrow. In situations where a person is incapacitated and cannot choose their own course of medical treatment, family members may have to face these difficult decisions on their loved one's behalf. Unfortunate situations may arise when family members cannot agree on the course of care. By taking a proactive approach and preparing advanced directives, you can ease the fear, tension and uncertainly of this otherwise difficult scenario.
An advance directive is a living will or power of attorney for health care recognized under state law. In consultation with your physician, you will consider treatment options you would want for yourself should you become incapacitated. More importantly, you will discuss your values and beliefs with your spouse and/or family members. The completion of an advance directive provides that opportunity.
For more information about completing advance directives, call Monroe Clinic’s Access Center at 608-324-2000 and ask to speak to a Social Worker.
Need some help getting the conversation started within your family? Click here for a website that can help you get started.
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.