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Having an Up-to-date Legal Form Helps Emergency Personnel Follow Health Directive

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Dear Carol: My mom has lived for years with multiple health issues including two rounds of cancer treatment. She's now 79-years-old and suffers from severe bowel and digestive disorders, lung disease, and more. Considering her quality of life, she’s very cheerful and reasonably happy, but she is also realistic and she’s determined not to drag things out as her health continues to deteriorate. Her brain is sharp. She has a health directive and she’s aware that she can get a do-not-resuscitate order. She also knows that life-extending measures can be taken by emergency technicians and others before the health directive can be read. We both wonder what else can be done to assure her that she won’t receive a feeding tube, in particular, or other extreme measures. She can’t relax until she knows that she’s done everything to make sure that this doesn’t happen. – YT

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