The Health Legal Documents You Need Before You Go to the Hospital

Terminally Ill Father

Many people go to the hospital completely unprepared. My father went to the hospital many times and we never thought he wouldn’t be coming home. But one time, he didn’t. Thank goodness we had all the documents we needed when that time came.

Even if you are being admitted to the hospital for a routine procedure, you should always have health legal documents in place in case something unexpected happens.  

What health legal documents should you have?

  1. Patient Advocate form
    Who will you want to make medical decisions for you if you can’t?  This is also called an advanced directive, living will or medical durable power of attorney.
  2. Power of Attorney
    The person who can do anything you can do legally, such as access your bank account or move your investments
  3. DNR
    A “Do Not Resuscitate” order, if you wish the hospital personnel not provide life saving measures
  4. Letter of Direction
    A document that tells your family what to do if you are incapacitated or die

It may seem silly to be thinking about these serious issues when you may only be going into the hospital for a minor matter or routine procedure. But the last thing you want is for your family to be left with the decisions about your care when they don’t know what you wanted done.

If you don’t already have these documents in place, speak with your hospital or attorney. 

In my upcoming blog posts, I’ll discuss these documents in more detail. STAY TUNED!

Have you ever had problems getting the hospital to allow you or your loved one to follow your wishes? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

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