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Non-Legal Advice about legal documents that can aide in a better death

What do you need in Indiana to die well and let those helping make choices feel empowered and confident?

What is an Advance Directive? An advance directive is a document or verbal statement in which an adult person (18 years or older) states choices for accepting or refusing medical treatment, or names someone who should make treatment choices if the person loses decision making capacity

Things to know about Advance Directives in Indiana:

Appointment of a Healthcare Representative this is the person who can assist with making medical decisions for you at the time that you are not able to any longer. The person will reference any forms you have completed from the following list and any other guidance provided to ensure your wishes | needs | and quality of death are what you want

Living Will Declaration will review your property, trusts, finances, inheritance, guardianship of children | pets, and who will end up as the executor of your estate and with your belongings

Life Prolonging Procedures Declaration this will ensure that your medical team understands what you are expecting from your end of life experience and whether you are hoping for ways to prolong life even if you will not recover from terminal illness or the end of life you are in. This form is vital if you want to ensure medical professionals stop treatment at the time which medications | treatments are only slowing the dying process

Physician Scope of Treatment (POST) Form a practical and actionable list of treatments and interventions which can be requested or terminated based on your end of life wishes

Psychiatric Advance Directive is a form designed to support wishes and needs in the event of a mental health emergency and includes who and how choices are made on your behalf

Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Declaration and Order this is a form for any event where the heart | lungs stop outside of a hospital and you do not want to be resuscitated

Other Indiana Specific notables:

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