What Is A Health Care Directive and Do I Need One?A healthcare directive can also be called the following: a living will (arguably the most familiar of the terms used); a personal directive; an advance directive; a medical directive; and an advance decision.  All of the terms refer to a legal document describing the actions a person wants taken regarding their health when they cannot make decisions for themselves due to illness or incapacity. Lesa Koski specializes in family and elder law and can help you and your family navigate these issues with accurate information and perspective.

What Does A Healthcare Directive Do?

A health care directive provides specific instructions for treatment in the case of coma, vegetative state, or other unresponsive medical state. When a healthcare directive is combined with power-of-attorney, or health care proxy, it legally permits another person to make healthcare decisions for the person when they are no longer able to make such decisions for themselves.

A health care directive provides specific directions about courses of treatment to be given when the affected person’s health determines that they can no longer do so.  The health care directive may also exclude the employment of various kinds of medical treatment, and can even be extended to basic nutritional sustenance.  Often, individuals will determine that if food and water need to be administered intravenously or via feeding tubes, health care providers must cease delivery.

Creating a health care directive is extremely important, and when created, the individual for whom it is created must be able to provide informed consent.  The directive must therefore be created with the assistance of a qualified professional.  Lesa Koski is a qualified professional who can help you and your family determine the best course of action in the event of future incapacitation.  The health care directive will then only be put into motion when the person is no longer able to provide informed consent or refusal of care.  Lesa Koski is uniquely qualified to help you and your family determine how to approach such decisions with attention to the many details associated with them.

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Health care directives address a wide range of medical contingencies, and because of that you should work with someone who has the familiarity and expertise with the process to ensure that your health care directive is as specific as possible.  Lesa Koski has the knowledge of the associated processes and expertise in Minnesota law to help you define the health care directive that will give you and your loved-ones peace of mind.

To ensure that your wishes are accounted for if the time comes when you are incapacitated by illness, contact us at (651) 214-5057.