This week at Wise Law Blog, we are exploring Powers of Attorney for Care, and end-of-life care decisions, generally. Join us as Simran Bakshi, Student-at-Law, considers a the questions and concerns around appointing an Attorney for Care and completing an Ontario Power of Attorney for Care document.
If at any time I should have a medical condition that would indicate that I am terminally ill and the condition cannot be reversed by treatment with any expectation that I could reasonably enjoy a normal life both physically and mentally thereafter, I DIRECT that no effort be made to prolong my life aggressively, including the use of drugs, antibiotics or other means, or attempt to resuscitate me if my heart or lungs fail. I FURTHER DIRECT that in such event any doctors or medical personnel who are treating me or any medical facility or hospital or nursing home in which I am being treated shall confine their treatment to alleviating or relieving as much as possible any pain or suffering I may have.(Source: http://www.ramsaylaw.ca/index.php/areas-of-law/power-of-attorney)
The following are further instructions pertaining to health care that I wish to have [or alternatively, “that I wish not to have”] should I be near death or in a vegetative state and unable to communicate my wishes to medical staff:
I “Do” or “Do not” want to be revived or resuscitatedI “Do” or “Do not” want electrocardioversionI “Do” or “Do not” want mechanical respirationI “Do” or “Do not” want antibioticsI “Do” or “Do not” want kidney dialysisI “Do” or “Do not” want chemotherapyI “Do” or “Do not” want tube feeding or any other artificial or invasive form of nutrition
I “Do” or “Do not” want any artificial or invasive form of hydration
I “Do” or “Do not” want blood or blood productsI “Do” or “Do not” want any form of life sustaining surgery or invasive diagnostic testsI “Do” or “Do not” want to allow physicians to try new medical discoveries on me
Death is as much a reality as birth, growth, maturity and old age. It is the one certainty of life. I recognize this. Therefore, while I am incapable, should a situation arise where my attending physician determines that I will not recover from a disability and that my death is imminent, I DIRECT MY ATTORNEY to permit me the dignity of a peaceful passing. I do not wish to be kept alive by artificial or heroic measures that would only serve to prolong my dying process, but I rather wish to die with dignity and in comfort. In that situation, I wish for treatments that will allow me to die peacefully even though they may abbreviate the dying process, resulting in a hastening of my death.
Under no circumstances do I wish my fate to be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn’t pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply racking up big bills.If more than 3 days pass, and I fail to ask for at least two of the following:____ Vodka and Tonic ____a Margarita ____a Beer ____a Bloody Mary ____Single Malt Whiskey ____a glass of wine ____Sex ____T-bone Steak ____Lobster or crab legs ____Barbequed Ribs and mashed potatoes with gravy ____pizza ____the remote control ____a bowl of ice cream ____the sports page ____Cheesecake or ____Chocolate, it should be obvious that I won’t ever get any better and that it’s time for me to go.When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, turn off the lights, and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the
Blues Funeral Band to come do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.(Source: http://whaleyestatelitigation.com/blog/2012/04/what-wishes-should-a-power-of-attorney-for-personal-care-express/) New Orleans