What is a Healthcare Directive

March 29, 2023    |    Sage Capone

Thinking about the possibility of being incapacitated or dying is not something we want to think about as we are alive, but it is essential to plan for. We forget to realize that in a blink of an eye your life could change instantly in an accident, and you will not be able to make conscience decisions. This is where an established Hawaii Healthcare Directive would be of importance. Ideally, we would all like to live to 100 years old and have our Healthcare Directive take action in carrying out our wishes but that isn’t always predictable.

These wishes can be established with a Hawaii Estate Plan which include the document of an Advanced Healthcare Directive stating your medical care. This form will outline your wishes in the event you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Your Hawaii Healthcare Directive will ensure doctors and your family to be knowledgeable of your medical plan. Here are some of the directives that can be included:

  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders
  • Do Not Intubate (DN) orders
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Artificial hydration (IV fluids)
  • Artificial nutrition (tube feeding)
  • Comfort care
  • Organ donation wishes
  • Tissue donation wishes

These are just some of the few medical decisions that can be outlined in your Healthcare Directive. It is never easy thinking ahead, but it will make things so much easier in the future. It will give you peace of mind in knowing in advanced that your wishes have been instructed and laid out in a time when you will be unable to make medical decision. Of course, you can always revise or make changes to your Advanced Healthcare Directive should you change your mind or move to another state. Preparing for the future now with a Hawaii Trust gives the gift that keeps on giving to you and your loved ones for the future.