I recently discovered an amazing online service called MyDirectives.com. If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘Advanced Medical Directives’, it is basically a legal statement regarding your personal wishes and preferences should you become incapable of making decisions about your medical care; particularly in an end-of-life situation. 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 Advanced Directives with a 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).
I inquire about existing Advanced Medical Directives upon all new member registrations 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, I really didn’t have a convenient and affordable resource for people to do so - until now.
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 very 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 so that they can be automatically shared with us and made part of their medical record. You can also use the code’ neucare’ to share your document with us.
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 Advanced Medical Directive very easy; and did I mention free?