Death With Dignity Decisions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/03

Death With Dignity Decisions

A reminder. We have discussed in the past about decisions that have to be made about death and dying.

Who do I want to make decisions about my health care is I cannot make them myself? Which is more important to me--quality of life or quantity of life? Do I want to be fed regardless of the method of delivery (tube, mouth, or vein)?

The recent case in Florida where family members were pitted against one another in court over the care of a person in a vegetative state is a good example that demonstrates the need for everyone to have a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney. Every person over the age of eighteen should have one and yet only about 20% do.

To make it easy, we have found the forms and all you have to do is fill them out, sign them and have someone witness them, and make copies. Make sure that you talk to the people you name in the Power of Attorney so that they understand your thinking.

These forms are legal in Texas and will not cost you anything. Go to one of these two web sites and down load the forms. There are very clear explanations along with them. Make sure your doctor has a copy with your medical records. If you need to be hospitalized, take a copy with you and make sure they include it with your records. Often health care providers ask if you have these papers but do not provide the forms.

We have made is easy. Now you have no excuse not to have these essential documents.
 
www.texmed.org/pmt/lel/legalmedurable.asp
www.texasprobate.com/forms/medpoa.htm

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