What Are Advance Directives?
Two types of Advance Directives are:
- Living Will: A Living Will is a legal document in which you state the kind of health care you want or don't want under certain circumstances.
- Health Care Proxy: A Health Care Proxy (or Durable Health Care Power of Attorney) is a legal document in which you name someone close to make decisions about your health care in the event you become incapacitated.
What are the benefits of advance directives?
Peace of Mind - Namely, peace of mind, knowing that your choices are secure and will be available to your family and doctors even if you become incapacitated or ill away from home.
Serenity - The serenity of knowing that you will be able to "speak" to your family and doctors through your advance directive about your personal philosophy and help them make decisions you want without them feeling guilt or remorse.
Security - When you register your advance directive you will have the security of confidential, 24-hour access to your choices by authorized hospitals across America.
LIVING WILL LOCKBOX…NEVADA’S NEW ADVANCE DIRECTIVES REGISTRY
The popularity of documents like living wills, various powers of attorney related to health care, and advance directives reflects our desire to have a voice in what kind of care we receive during times of critical and end-of-life health care decisions. It is an opportunity to tell health care professionals and family members what we want and do not want as far as life sustaining treatment. But if those health care professionals and others do not have access to a living will or advance directive, they may not know the patient’s final wishes.
Nevada’s newly established Registry of Advance Directives, known as the Nevada Living Will Lockbox, ensures that a living will or similar document is securely stored and easily accessible by healthcare providers when needed. The Living Will Lockbox is a secure, password protected database which stores advanced directives in a common web-based location. Access to the documents is restricted to the person filing, others authorized by that person, and authorized health care providers.
Use of the Living Will Lockbox is free to all Nevadans, and registering is very simple. By visiting www.livingwilllockbox.com, Nevadans can download the registration forms, then send the completed forms and the documents to be filed to the Nevada Secretary of State. They will then receive a wallet-size card with their password for accessing their advance directives. Changes to the documents may be made at any time through a simple procedure similar to the registration process.