We realize that this is a big topic that may feel complex or maybe even overwhelming. Every caregiver starts from a different place as far as their understanding of advance directives. Regardless of whether or not your loved one or care recipient has any of these documents in place, we want to provide encouragement that we are here for you and we can support you from wherever your starting point may be.
Advance Directives are a way of making healthcare related decisions and giving instructions and guidance to your loved ones if you become unable to communicate them on your own. It’s always best to make these decisions before a health crisis occurs. Being prepared and planning ahead can alleviate potential stressors and can be a gift to your loved ones.
This legal document is signed by a medical provider when an individual decides that they do not want CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or any other attempt at life-prolonging measures in the event that their heart stops beating.
The state of North Carolina requires healthcare providers to look to specific people who are involved in care to make healthcare decisions in good faith. Learn more about this as well as an alternative form that may be helpful in this situation.