Planning for medical care in advance can be difficult. But it can provide peace of mind for you and your family should you ever become unable to make decisions for yourself. An advance directive for health care allows you to express your wishes for health care in advance in case something should ever happen to you. Talking with your family and health care providers can help you create a plan that works with your goals, values and wishes. Having an advance directive can lessen the burden for your family during an emergency and ensure your wishes are respected.
You are never too young or healthy to talk about your wishes and write them down. The best time to make health care decisions is when you can consider your options carefully.
Decisions about medical care are difficult and personal. You should think about your personal goals and the quality of life you want. Talk with your family and health care providers to make sure that your plan is in line with your goals, values and wishes.
Each state has different methods. In Tennessee, there are multiple ways to communicate your wishes.
Give a copy of your plan to:
You can do this in 2 ways:
Yes, you can change your advance directive at any time. You should review your plan often. Tell your health care providers, agent and family when you do make changes or if you want to make a change.