I recently discovered an amazing online service called MyDirectives.com. If you are unfamiliar with the term 'Advance Medical Directives', it is basically a legal statement regarding your personal wishes about end-of-life care. They are used should you become incapable of making decisions about your medical care. The most common example of this is the "Organ Donation" preference on your driver's license. Another commonly addressed aspect of an Advance Directive is a "Do Not Resuscitate" order (or "DNR" as we in the biz say!) for people who wish not to have CPR performed should their heart stop. You can learn more about Advance Directives with this great series of videos produced by this service. As with any legal document, completing a comprehensive and thorough Advance Medical Directive document can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, most people avoid doing so altogether because they don't have enough time or money (especially if an attorney is involved).
Since starting my practice, I have inquired about any existing Advance Medical Directives from new members and very few people (less than 10% based on my quick glance) have anything more than an Organ/Tissue Donation preference. When I remember - which isn't nearly often enough - I encourage new patients, particularly those with chronic medical conditions or over age 50, to set up an Advance Medical Directive. However, up until now I didn't have a convenient and affordable resource for people to do so.
MyDirectives.com is an online service that lets anyone create a legally binding Advance Medical Directive; simply without confusing legalese, online with great user interface and for FREE! I personally created a Directive and it was a really painless, quick process. After creating your directives, it is obviously important to share your document (wishes) with the people whom need to know. This is where MyDirectives.com is off-the-chart cool and cutting edge. You can share your Directives in a number of ways securely online with your family, friends or medical providers.
In fact, they created a NeuCare portal for our members to complete their Directives. Any NeuCare member using this portal, can automatically share their document with us so it can be made part of their medical record.
If you have any complex questions about medical or legal questions about end-of-life issues, it is always wise to consult with your physician and/or attorney, but MyDirectives.com makes the initial process of creating and sharing an Advance Medical Directive very easy; and did I mention it's free?