An advance directive is a written instruction that you make while you are mentally competent that states how you want your health care decisions to be made if you become incapacitated or cannot express your wishes. Advance directives guide your physician and other health care professionals, and relieve your family from the burden of guessing what types of care and treatment you would want to receive.
The Alabama Hospital Association makes a standard Living Will/Advance Directive form available online. You can download it here.
After you complete the form?
Make a copy of the completed and signed form and give it to the person you have appointed to make decisions on your behalf (family, friends, or health care provider) so the form is available in the event of an emergency.
And what about After-After?
In the theme of advance planning, we like to remind everyone that preparing for your family's well being in the event of your death doesn't just mean buying funeral plots and life insurance. One inexpensive alternative to planning a traditional funeral or cremation-- one that offers numerous benefits to the education of future generations (of those entering the medical profession and those who rely on medical professionals) is body donation. To learn more about becoming an anatomical donor, visit the UAB School of Medicine website.