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Advance Directives

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

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Whether caregivers choose to use an online service or simply notify key individuals, it is important to keep a copy of the advance directives on hand and easy to find. Giving a copy to one or two individuals who can be prepared to show the directives if caregivers cannot find their copy is a backup worth considering.

Many Kinds Of Directives

For the loved one with mental illness, there are psychiatric advance directives. Between family and physicians, goals for care can be decided upon for the future. The National Research Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives provides state-by-state information and other useful data for caregivers and loved ones. There is even a link to testimonials about advance directives.

Knowing treatment options for physical and mental health will help caregivers and loved ones maintain a sense of control over their situations.


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