if a person becomes alzheimers or combative dementia patient in future???
In Washington, the Advanced Directive outlines the wishes for healthcare that people do an do not wish to receive. To appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on another person's behalf, a durable power of attorney for healthcare is necessary.
It sounds, from your question, that you are asking about decisions regarding the end of someone's life. If, in a healthcare directive, someone has indicated that he or she does not want to have life artificially prolonged, those wishes should be respected.
If you, or a healthcare provider, has questions about how best to follow the wishes of a loved one's Advanced Directive, it might behoove you to get the advice of an attorney.
An advance medical directive must be executed while an individual has capacity to express wishes regarding health care. Rules vary by state but typically the directive can appoint someone to make medical decisions or state end of life wishes if capacity is lost.
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