It is very important to have a plan for what your loved ones should consider with regard to your medical care if you become incapacitated and unable to speak or think for yourself prior to your death. You might need a patient advocate to help speak up on your behalf in those cases.
Unfortunately, prior to passing away, it is very common for people to become unresponsive, and this can create a legal conundrum if your loved ones do not know whether or not they are able to make decisions on your behalf or what wishes you want to be considered. It is very important to reflect on any specific desires you have when it comes to organ donation, funeral arrangements and medical care preferences.
You can start this process by asking yourself some important questions, including:
- Do I want palliative or hospice care?
- Do I want to be resuscitated?
- What do I want my loved ones to do if I become incapacitated?
- Do I have religious preferences?
- Do I want to donate my organs?
If you are unable to communicate for yourself, you will want to ensure that someone else you trust is responsible for making your medical decisions. You can create a medical power of attorney and name them as your patient advocate for Michigan estate planning. It is very important to discuss this with your chosen advocate so that you are clear about their role and can discuss the next steps with them as well.