- Along with the MPOA, complete a “values” inventory. There are many formats available, e.g. “Five Wishes,” “Your Way,” “Tool Kit.” Information on these can all be found on-line. STAPLE this to your MPOA and reference it in your MPOA so that it becomes “incorporated” into the MPOA. Completing such a inventory will enormously help your spokesperson/agent. These decisions are not as simple as “yes, I want heroic measures,” or “no, I don’t.” For instance, if your condition would not improve and your life expectancy was measured in months, would you want antibiotic treatment for infections? There are many other situations that you need to think through besides “pulling the plug.”
- Talk often with your agent. He/she needs to periodically be informed of your desires. Consistency of desire over time is the best indicator of your wishes. On the other hand, if you change your mind, obviously your agent has to know this, and your MPOA needs to be changed accordingly.
Doing these steps will help you insure a peaceful passage from the here to the hereafter, for both you and your loved ones.