1) Proxy directives: This is when the person gives legal authority to a person he/she trust to make medical decisions on his/her behalf. This is also known as durable power of attorney for health care.
2) Instruction directives: In this situation the person gives written directions that tell his loved ones what kid of treatment he or she wishes to accept or refuse. This is also known as a Living Will.
3) Combined directive: the person selects a health care representative and provide him or her with a statement of your medical treatment preferences in case of your inability to make a decision.
The benefits of an Advance Health Directive is that you prevent any disagreements and lift the burden of your loved ones in the event you are not able to make your own decisions towards your medical treatment. When thinking about medical treatment you want to think of situations such as artificial life support, terminal treatment, brain death, incurable disease. If you are choosing to elect a person to make those decision for you, make sure to make your wishes known to them and that you have an absolute trust they will follow your wishes.
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