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Michigan Advanced Healthcare Directive
Advanced Medical Directive – An Advance Medical Directive is a legal document which allows you to designate another person to make health care decisions for you if you are rendered incapable of communicating your own decisions. Anyone over the age of 18 may execute an Advance Directive. Your Advance Medical Directive can specify who will make and communicate decisions for you. It can set out the circumstances under which you would not like your life to be prolonged if, for example, you are in a coma with no reasonable chance of recovery.
Additionally, an Advance Directive may authorize to your medical providers to allow specified individuals to access your medical information. Without this authorization, your doctor may refuse to communicate with your hand-picked decision maker leaving them to make medical decisions without knowing your full medical history.
Living Wills – Living Wills are not legally recognized in Michigan. However, a “living will” is often combined with a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare in order to allow the Patient Advocate to carry out the patient’s treatment wishes.
Designated Patient Advocate – A Designated Patient Advocate (PAD) is simply the person you have chosen to carry out your medical wishes and make decisions on your treatment plan. A successor PAD should always be appointed in the event that your Designated Patient Advocate is unable or unwilling to act on your behalf.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) – A DNR allows for a patient to state his or her intent regarding end-of-life treatment choices.