In the state of Indiana, each adult citizen has the right to make his or her own choices about the sort of treatment provided by health care workers. Your physician’s task is to appropriately notify you about your options and to offer you guidance on what to do, but in the end, it is up to you to make the decision. What takes place when you are no longer able to make your choices for yourself, or you lose the ability to express your desires?
Indiana law allows residents to detail what their medical decisions are through what are known as advance regulations. There are a number of kinds of advance directives readily available to you. You are under no commitment to ever create an advance regulation, you may do so at any time as long as you are an adult of sound mind. There are six basic advance directives readily available to you in Indiana.
Organ Donations: You can selected to contribute your organs through your will, living will, donor card or other file.
Health Care Agent: You can designate a healthcare agent to make choices on your behalf if you ever lose capacity to do so.
Living Will Statement: A living will states your choices about the type of care you wish to get, particularly whether or not you wish to receive life-prolonging care when you have a terminal health problem. You may include a “Do Not Resuscitate Order” in this file. In case you are hurt or ill, this advance regulation lets health care workers know whether you want them to perform CPR or other resuscitative measures.
Psychiatric Advance Instruction: These directives information whether you want to get mental health services and the extent of those services.
Out of The Medical facility Do Not Resuscitate Order: This permits you, if your medical professional concurs, to not be put on life support by EMTs if you are transferred to a Hospital by Ambulance.
Health Care Power of Attorney: Similar to a health care agent, this person can make healthcare choices for you when you are not able.
It is up to you to make your own choice to whether you must instill any or all of the above advance directives. You need to choose now, while you are still psychologically able to make decisions for yourself. You need to seek advice from an estate planning lawyer to talk about these matters with him/her.