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Ensuring Peace of Mind
for You and Your Loved Ones

The Importance of Having  Living Wills and Advance Directive Documents

One can simply say the name Terry Schiavo and almost everyone who watches television or reads a newspaper will be able to tell you something about that situation.  If asked about it, many people will state the main issue was a difference of opinion of loved ones, while in fact the real issue in this case is that Terry did NOT have a living will.

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Everyone is entitled to receive end-of-life care that is in keeping with one's personal wishes, values or spiritual beliefs.  However, at some point an individual's health condition may prevent the communication of these wishes to medical and health care providers.  That is why having a living will is so important.  In order to ensure that one's end of life wishes are carried out, everyone should prepare advance directive documents (i.e. living will and health care surrogate documents) and make sure that they are readily available.

It is important to understand what these documents are and when they will go into effect.  An advance directive is a written document containing a person's future health care decisions to be followed in the event the person is unable to communicate with his or her health care providers, or is otherwise unable to participate in making his or her medical decisions.  Although laws vary from state to state, there are basically two kinds of advance directives.

1.  A living will is a legal document in which you state the kind of health care you want or don't want under certain circumstances.  These circumstances usually include having a terminal condition, or an end-stage condition, or being in a persistent vegetative state.  In addition to having one of the above conditions, the attending physician and another consulting physician must determine that there is no medical probability of recovery.  Then and only then, will life-prolonging procedures be withheld or withdrawn.

2.  A health care surrogate designation (or durable power of attorney for health care) is a legal document in which you name someone close to you to make decisions about your health care if you become incapacitated or are otherwise unable to participate in making your health care decisions.

You can have both - a health care surrogate document naming a person to make decisions for you if you are unable to make your own decisions, and a living will to help guide that person in making those decisions. 

Another important reason to have these documents is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or  (HIPAA) which is a privacy law created by Congress to protect an individual's identifiable health information.  HIPAA prohibits health care providers from releasing a patient's health care information to anyone, including a spouse, parent, adult child, life partner, or friend, without the patient's oral or written consent.  It applies to everyone, beginning on their 18th birthday, through the rest of their life.  Just imagine you are standing in the hospital Emergency Room, where your loved one is a patient and the only thing the doctor or staff can tell you is that your loved one is unable to give consent to release information to you!  Having a health care surrogate or HIPAA release form available can prevent this from happening to you.

Will Your Advance Directive Be Available When You Need It?

While some people have prepared advance directive documents, very few consider how these documents will be accessed when needed:

  • Will your advance directive be available to medical providers in an emergency?
  • Will the hospital know who you want to make decisions on your behalf in the event you can't make them yourself?
  • Are your documents stored in a safe deposit box or with your attorney? Will they be accessible in the middle of the night?

Often, when the time comes to present your advance directive documents, they may not be readily available to family members or medical professionals.  In order for your advance directive to be useful, it has to be available.  If you need it right now, where is your living will?  How quickly can YOU access it? Will your Health Care Surrogate be able to produce the document you signed giving them the ability to speak for you?

The Key to Immediate Availability is Registering Your Documents with the America Living Will Registry.

The America Living Will Registry (ALWR) is a secure, online database, where members register, store, and access their living will, health care surrogate, and HIPAA release documents. America Living Will Registry, LLC was created in 2003 as the successor to Florida Registry of Living Wills that was established in 1989.  The ALWR mission of "Delivering peace of mind for you and your loved ones" assures all ALWR members that their emergency documents will be available whenever and wherever they are needed.

ALWR members carry a wallet identification card that instructs health care providers and family members about how to access the most current advance directive documents, either online, or through a monitored emergency phone system.  Members, their families and loved ones can now enjoy peace of mind knowing that their documents are available in emergency situations to direct their health care treatment and decisions in accordance with their wishes.  Registration ensures that documents will be available to you, your doctor, hospitals and any other health care provider (e.g. nursing home, hospice) who may need access to them in order to provide you with the appropriate medical care.  Register now to have these documents quickly and easily available.

Benefits Of America Living Will Registry

  • Documents will be accessible when needed
  • Access by emergency personnel anywhere at any time
  • Unlimited updates if you need to make changes
  • Notification of any legal changes in your state
  • Simple registration process
  • Gives peace of mind to family members who may be unsure about your end-of-life treatment
  • Accessible online or by phone/fax
  • Convenient and easy
  • Download FREE forms at http://www.alwr.com/

To register with ALWR, contact:

America Living Will Registry, LLC
2814 Beach Blvd. • St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (866) 305-2597
E-mail: info@alwr.com
Or register online at http://www.alwr.com/

 

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Register on line at http://www.alwr.com/ 

using Referral Code 11603 and America Living Will Registry  will donate $20.00 to CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) for each registration.

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America Living Will Registry, LLC
2814 Beach Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (866) 305-2597
E-mail: info@alwr.com 

 

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