Conscientious Estate Planning For Oregonians

When a DNR order doesn’t go far enough

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2024 | Estate Planning

Some people decide that they do not want CPR and other such measures to be used if they stop breathing or if their heart stops beating. They’re not against medical intervention if they have an illness or an injury. But if it gets to that point, they don’t want medical professionals to try to bring them back.

To ensure that their rights are respected, the person may use a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. This can address this one specific situation, but it may not go far enough. Are there any other options?

Using a living will

One option is to use a living will, which is a type of advance directive that allows you to provide instructions for others. These could include medical instructions, such as stating that you do not want to be resuscitated. But it could also address many other types of related treatments, such as saying you do not want to be kept on life-support. It gives you more options than a DNR order alone.

A medical power of attorney

Another option is to use a medical power of attorney to choose an agent who can make medical decisions for you. This can be helpful if you want them to assess the situation and decide on the best course of action at the moment. Rather than trying to predict the future and make a decision in advance, you choose a trustworthy person who can make that decision when it’s needed.

These are a few options that you can use as part of your estate plan. Be sure you know what legal steps to take to include them if you so choose.