What is a Virginia medical directive
A Virginia medical directive, also known as an advance healthcare directive, is a legal document that outlines an individual’s preferences for medical treatment and end-of-life care in the event that they become unable to make their own healthcare decisions. A medical directive can include a living will and/or a durable power of attorney for healthcare.
- A Living Will: A living will is a document that lays out an individual’s preferences for medical treatment in specific end-of-life scenarios. It can specify the types of treatments the individual would like to receive or not receive, such as life support, artificial nutrition and hydration, and other treatments.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare: A durable power of attorney for healthcare is a document that appoints a trusted individual, known as an agent, to make healthcare decisions on the individual’s behalf in the event that they become incapacitated. The agent will have the authority to make decisions about medical treatments, treatments, and other healthcare related matters in accordance with the individual’s wishes and best interest.
It’s important to consult with an attorney licensed in Virginia to ensure that your medical directive is legally binding, meets your wishes and address your specific concerns. It’s also a good idea to review and update your medical directive periodically or whenever there is a change in your medical condition or wishes.