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Have you considered Advanced Care Planning?

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there. When to comes to Advanced Care Planning services, we believe in a proactive and compassionate approach to help our clients make informed decisions about their future medical care. We also know that having all documents in place should you ever become incapacitated and upon transition of life is also important.

Your healthcare preferences are deeply personal and evolve over time, and our documents help you to navigate the complexities of medical choices, ensuring that your values and wishes are respected. Through thoughtful conversations and resources provided during  consultation, mC will guide individuals and their loved ones with the documents that honor their preferences for medical treatments, end-of-life care, and other critical healthcare decisions.

Our goal is to empower our clients to articulate their healthcare goals, and allow them to maintain control over their medical choices, while also providing peace of mind for both themselves and their loved ones. The cornerstone of advanced care planning lies in fostering open communication and having tough conversations with individuals, their families, and healthcare providers.

We know the importance of comprehensive and extensive documentation, and our services extend to the creation of nine key legally binding documents:

  1. Living Will: A Living Will is a legal document that outlines an individual’s preferences regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care in the event they become incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes. It typically includes instructions on issues such as life-sustaining treatments, organ donation, and other medical interventions, providing guidance to healthcare providers and loved ones.

  2. Financial Power of Attorney: A Financial Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants an individual, known as the agent or attorney-in-fact, the authority to manage financial and legal matters on behalf of another person, the principal. The scope of authority granted can include tasks such as banking transactions, property management, and decision-making related to investments, allowing the appointed agent to act in the best interests of the principal, particularly in situations where the principal may be unable to make such decisions themselves.
  3. Living Trust: A Living Trust is a legal arrangement that allows an individual, the grantor, to transfer their assets into a trust during their lifetime. The grantor often serves as the initial trustee and retains control over the assets, but the trust specifies how these assets should be managed and distributed, avoiding the probate process and providing a mechanism for the seamless transfer of assets to beneficiaries upon the grantor’s death.

  4. Last Will & Testament: A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes regarding the distribution of their assets and the guardianship of their minor children after their death. It typically names an Executor to oversee the fulfillment of these wishes and serves as a crucial tool in estate planning to ensure the individual’s intentions are carried out according to the law.

  5. Letter of Intent: A Letter of Intent is a document where an individual articulates their preferences, values, and specific instructions regarding medical treatments and end-of-life care. This personalized letter provides additional context to complement formal documents like living wills or advance directives, helping healthcare providers and family members better understand the individual’s desires and ensuring a more comprehensive approach to their medical care.

  6. Health Care Directive: A Health Care Directive, also known as an Advance Directive or Living Will, is a legal document that allows individuals to specify their preferences for medical treatment and care in the event they become unable to communicate their wishes. It typically includes instructions regarding life-sustaining treatments, organ donation, and other healthcare decisions, providing guidance to healthcare providers and loved ones about the individual’s desired course of medical care.

  7. Health Care Power of Attorney: A Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that designates an individual, known as the healthcare agent or proxy, to make medical decisions on behalf of another person, the principal, in the event they are unable to make those decisions themselves. This document grants the designated agent the authority to communicate with healthcare providers, access medical records, and make informed choices about the principal’s healthcare, ensuring that the individual’s preferences are respected even if they cannot express them at the time.

  8. HIPAA Release: A HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Release is a document that authorizes the disclosure of an individual’s protected health information to specified individuals or entities. By signing a HIPAA release, an individual grants permission for healthcare providers to share medical information with designated individuals, ensuring that those involved in the individual’s advanced care planning, such as healthcare agents or family members, can access pertinent health information when needed.
  9. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order: A DNR, or “Do Not Resuscitate,” is a medical order indicating that in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest, no Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or other life-sustaining measures should be performed. This directive is typically established in advance through discussions between individuals, their families, and healthcare providers, outlining the individual’s preference for a natural and less-interventional end-of-life approach. The specifics of DNR orders may vary based on legal and medical guidelines, and it is a crucial component of advanced care planning. 

By embarking upon advanced care planning, you are able to navigate potential future health scenarios with clarity, ensuring that your wishes are known and respected, even if you are unable to communicate them at a later time. Our commitment to personalized and empathetic care planning aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals and contribute to a more compassionate end-of-life care process. Please feel free to call or text 404-454-5469 with any questions, comments or concerns around your Advanced Care Planning needs.

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