End-of-Life Preparation

April 15, 2021

Your time in this world has brought great joy and love to your family and community. A final gift to your loved ones is a well-prepared end-of-life plan. End-of-life planning can be a difficult, sometimes complex discussion, but ultimately a rewarding conversation with your family.

Common questions include what documents are important for your family, such as a Living Will (advance directive). HereToday enables you to secure and share your end-of-life plans with an executor, family members and close friends. We do this by providing an encrypted, bank-level security vault. Learn more about our security.

The four most common end-of-life documents include:

  • Last Will and Testament (Will)
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney (Medical Power of Attorney)
  • Living Will (Advance Directive)

Differences between an Advance Care Plan (ACP) and an Advance Directive

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of determining your late-stage healthcare plans, including options for hospice and palliative care. Making a plan for yourself and your loved ones is the best way to prepare for an unexpected event.

An Advance Directive is a written statement that reflects your decisions made during the ACP process; specifically what type of medical treatment you want (or do not want!) at the end of life. It confirms that your wishes are carried out if you are not able to communicate them to a healthcare professional. Do Not Resuscitate or Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI) instructions should be addressed in your advance directive. Please note advance directives are an ongoing process that may change over time.

Differences between a DNI and a DNR

A Do Not Intubate (DNI) is a legal order instructing a healthcare team that you do not want to be intubated in the event of a life-threatening situation. A DNI order means that chest compressions and cardiac drugs may be used during your care, but that no breathing tube will be used.

A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order means that no CPR (chest compressions, cardiac drugs, or placement of a breathing tube) will be performed.

Final Wishes

You can upload your final wishes, funeral planning instructions, or celebration of life plans in the End-of-Life folder. This folder can include documents for memorial service instructions or an outline on how you’d like to be honored. Planning your own service can provide peace of mind to your loved ones.

 

Disclaimer. HereToday is not a legal service. This content should not be taken as legal advice. Before drafting any legal document, please consult an attorney.

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