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Q:How does My Life Directive work?


A: MyLifeDirective.org is an online registry where you list your emergency contacts, health issues, medication, personal physician, and advance directive – for yourself and other loved ones. You can provide as much or as little information as you wish. The more information you include, the easier it is for your family to be contacted and your treatment wishes to be fulfilled – particularly when you are unable to speak for yourself. Our registry stores your information and can easily be accessed by the health care professionals who may need it in an emergency. It gives them everything they need to provide appropriate care and inform loved ones in an emergency.


Q:Who can sign up?


A: Anyone of any age can be registered – from elderly grandparents to young grandchildren. To be safe, provide information for all your loved ones. Incapacitating accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Be prepared by registering health and contact information for your entire family with MyLifeDirective.org.


Q:How does My Life Directive work?


A: MyLifeDirective.org is an online registry where you list your emergency contacts, health issues, medication, personal physician, and advance directive – for yourself and other loved ones. You can provide as much or as little information as you wish. The more information you include, the easier it is for your family to be contacted and your treatment wishes to be fulfilled – particularly when you are unable to speak for yourself. Our registry stores your information and can easily be accessed by the health care professionals who may need it in an emergency. It gives them everything they need to provide appropriate care and inform loved ones in an emergency.


Q:Who can sign up?


A: Anyone of any age can be registered – from elderly grandparents to young grandchildren. To be safe, provide information for all your loved ones. Incapacitating accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Be prepared by registering health and contact information for your entire family with MyLifeDirective.org.


Q:What about privacy?


A: We have strict controls on privacy. All information you provide is confidential and secure. The only people who will have access to your information are the medical professionals caring for you, the customer support staff at MyLifeDirective.org, and you.


Q:How much does it cost to register?


A: In order to make our service available to all yet also have the resources to reach more people, the service is free with a suggested donation.


Q:How long will my information be listed?


A: As long as you wish. Each year you will be sent a notice to be sure to update your account information and a donation envelope (in the event you wish to make a donation), your information will remain in our registry.


Q:How can I be certain that in an emergency, medical providers will access my information?


A: We cannot make any guarantees on behalf of the medical community. We will, however, do everything we can to raise awareness of our registry in hopes that all of the healthcare community will utilize it.


Q: In an emergency, what happens if I don’t have my ID on me?


A:

  • You can be labeled a John or Jane Doe.
  • You can receive limited medical care paid by state instead of your own insurance.
  • You could spen long hours, days and even years separated from your loved ones.
  • You could if you are lucky be comforted by strangers.
  • And even worse, like many do, you could die alone.


Q:What if I don’t have an advance directive – can I still join?


A: Absolutely. Even without an advance directive, it’s wise to register your health and family contact information at MyLifeDirective.org. This will ensure you or a loved one are reunited with your family during a crisis. With various donations we will provide a printed necklace bracelet etc and we also encourage you to put your MLD # on the back of a religious medallion, charm or a dog tag type item. We offer a link to a basic card that you can print out. The more people who know your treatment wishes, the better.


Q:Why do I need to list my driver’s license and the last four of my social security number?


A: It’s not required, but listing your driver’s license in the registry helps because it carries your photo and additional information. The last four of social security number gives medical professionals another way to obtain vital information about you to help reconnect you with your family and treat you in an emergency.


Q:What is an advance directive?


A: An advance directive is a legal document that describes how you wish to be treated if you are incapacitated with little prospect for recovery. There are basically two kinds of advance directives:
1. Living will - a legal document stating what health care you want or don't want under certain circumstances.
2. Health care proxy - also known as health care power of attorney, this is a legal document in which you name someone close to you to make decisions about your treatment if you become incapacitated.
You can have both - a health care proxy naming a person to make the decisions, and a living will to help guide that person in making the decisions. At the My Life Directive Foundation we don’t need to know your personal will information but we strongly support and encourage having an Advance Directive.
To read more about, please visit the POLST program site. Click Here


Q:Do advance directives apply in every U.S. state?


A: No. One state’s advance directive does not always work in another state. Some states do honor advance directives from another state; others will honor out-of-state advance directives as long as they are similar to the state's own law; and some states do not have an answer to this question. The best solution is to complete advance directives for all states in which you spend a significant amount of time. The POLST program has sample forms for selected states.


Q:Do advance directives ever expire?


A: Advance directives do not expire. It remains in effect until you change it. If you complete a new advance directive, it invalidates the previous one.


Q:What is the POLST form?


A: POLST is a physician order that gives patients more control over their end-of-life care. Produced on a distinctive bright form and signed by both the physician and patient, POLST specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes to receive towards the end of life. It encourages communication between providers and patients, enables patients to make more informed decisions, and clearly communicates these decisions to providers. As a result, POLST can prevent unwanted or medically ineffective treatment, reduce patient and family suffering, and help ensure that patients’ wishes are honored. The form is intended for individuals with serious illness. To read more about, please visit the National POLST site Click Here