Mar 16, 2015 - 07:37 AM
It really depends upon your needs. Many people have both types of directives.
A living will is a document that provides instructions about medical care to be carried out if and when individuals are unable to express their wishes.
They may or may not include a DNR (do not resuscitate) or a DNI (do not intubate).
A DNR/DNI can be more legally binding than a living will.
There are different types of POAs. A durable medical power of attorney is a document that names a proxy to make health care decisions
if the individual becomes unable to make decisions.
A financial power of attorney names a proxy to make financial decisions.
It is important that people make copies of these documents available to their healthcare providers and facilities, so their wishes can be honored.
I used to work for a home health agency in an area where many winter visitors are found. Many of our visiting clients left their documents at home.
They were able to eventually make new copies of these documents or send for their copies at home, but that just added unnecessary stress and delay.