Your 18 year old is going off to college …
It is spring semester of senior year and your 18 year old can’t wait to graduate, to be an adult, to embrace independence. You are busy planning for graduation and are ready to celebrate his milestone before packing him for college. Don’t forget to pack his Advanced Health Care Directive!
When your child reaches the age of majority, you can no longer access his medical records, speak to his physicians or make medical decisions on his behalf. On a daily basis, your child can maintain the responsibility of making his medical decisions but what happens in an emergency?
If your son or daughter is in an accident and cannot make medical decisions, who will? Though not the best topic to address at this exciting time in your child’s life, it is necessary. They need to nominate who can make medical decisions in the event they are not able and to determine their end of life decisions.
These decisions are difficult but Advanced Health Care Directives can always be updated as your child’s choices change. In preparation for sending your child in adulthood, please call us to prepare their medical directive.