Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is an important part of routine care and ensuring quality of life. Having an advance directive plan in place, and in writing, can help save grief and the weight of heavy decisions on loved ones, as well as ensure that your wishes are upheld. Talk with your AFM provider at your next appointment about advance care planning.
To learn more about advance directives, and the importance of these conversations, view this video created through our clinical affiliation with UCHealth.
Medical Power of Attorney
Selecting a Medical Power of Attorney allows an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are not able to make them for yourself. A MPOA is not able to handle any finances or other legal issues.
When picking an agent, it is best to choose a family member or close friend whom you trust to carry out and honor your personal wishes. Your appointed agent will also need to have the time and energy to devote to your care. Their authority to make decisions on your behalf ends at your death.
A living will is a written document that allows you to state your wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case you become unable to communicate your decisions. It has no power after death. In the state of Colorado, two physicians must agree, in writing, that your condition is terminal and you are unable to speak for yourself, before your living will goes into effect.
This document does not need to be signed by a lawyer or doctor. However, you do need to have two witnesses sign the form. Witnesses cannot be a family member, or anyone who might inherit your money or property.
Colorado MOST Form
The Colorado MOST form is a document that summarizes your wishes for life sustaining treatment. It should be filled out in conjunction with a healthcare professional.
This form needs to be signed by you AND your physician. It is important to complete the form in it’s entirety. It should be regularly reviewed, updated and confirmed based on your current health status.