- Helps us assess what we hold important in life.
- Puts us in charge of how we live our lives.
- Allows us to make good health care decisions with calm and deliberation.
- Conveys our wishes clearly should we become unable to speak for ourselves.
- Gives our physicians information they need to know.
- Focuses on desired incomes, not treatment choices. Regardless of changes in medical technology the question will always be “will this procedure achieve the desired outcome?”
- Spares us medical procedures we may not have wanted, or confirms our desire for aggressive treatment.
- Saves family and friends the grief of being helpless bystanders.
- Allows our POAs, family and friends to become helpers instead.
- Allows us to express our feelings about areas we may never have considered.
- Gives our POAs a constantly updated picture of our wants. If we change our minds, all we need to do is talk to them.
- Makes our POAs direct eye witnesses to what we have to say, something that stands up in court and wards off pressure from anyone who disagrees with them.
- Serves as an attitude and values survey but does not ask us to make decisions about unforeseeable events.
- Provides our POAs clear guidelines they can follow based on conditions in real time.