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Schiavo Case Highlights Importance of Advance Health Care Directives

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  • James Blankenship
    Schiavo Case Highlights Importance of Advance Health Care Directives National attention to the Terry Schiavo case has dramatically increased public awareness
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2005
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      Schiavo Case Highlights Importance of Advance Health Care Directives

      National attention to the Terry Schiavo case has dramatically
      increased public awareness of the need for Advance Health Care
      Directives (AHCD). At the core of the dispute among Ms. Schiavo's
      family members have been conflicting interpretations of her health
      care wishes, which might have been avoided had there been written
      documentation of her preferences.

      http://www.chcf.org/track/url.cfm?u=22367&rurl=www%2Ecaringinfo%2Eorg

      Advance Health Care Directives permit individuals to make their wishes
      known, or to designate a health care agent to speak for them, should
      they become unable to communicate. In response to the increased demand
      for information on AHCD, we are providing links to several Web sites
      that provide these forms, as well as other information on end-of-life
      issues. We hope you will share this information, available through the
      links at right, with family, friends, and colleagues.

      http://www.chcf.org/track/url.cfm?u=22367&rurl=www%2Ecaringinfo%2Eorg

      The California Coalition for Compassionate Care provides the
      California AHCD form, instructions for completing the form, and a fact
      sheet on AHCD for consumers.
      State laws regarding AHCD differ. Caring Connections offers copies of
      forms that can be used by people residing in other states.
      Aging With Dignity provides a free example of its "Five Wishes" form
      to help individuals clarify their personal, emotional, and spiritual
      needs in addition to their medical wishes.

      http://www.chcf.org/track/url.cfm?u=22365&rurl=www%2Eagingwithdignity%2Eorg

      --
      James Blankenship

      Information Technology Specialist
      Systems Administrator
      HIPPA Security Officer

      Fredericks Benefits
      1200 Nevada St #102
      Redlands, CA 92374

      909-792-1070 Phone
      909-792-4099 Fax

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