As a patient, you may face many difficult decisions regarding your health care options. Little conversation or education within the health care community regarding wills and code statuses may contribute to the difficulty of these decisions. By learning the difference between a living will, legal will and health care power of attorney form, you can be more informed as you create them and thus fully understand your choices. Furthermore, knowing the different types of code statuses, such as “do not resuscitate” versus “do not resuscitate/comfort care,” you will be able to decide which code status is right for you.
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