Schiavo Case Highlights Importance of Advance Health Care Directives
- 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.
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.
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.
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