If you've already completed your health care directives, congratulations! You've well on your way toward peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.
However, there is still some work that remains to be done. In order for your health care directives to be truly effective, they have to be accessible to the right people at the right time. Most professionals recommend that you discuss your health care directives with those who have a need to know, including your spouse, children and other family members, your designated health care agent, and your primary physician. A copy should also be given to your designated health care agent and your primary physician.
Still, your health care directives won't do you any good if no one can find them. Too often, these documents are just not available when they're actually needed, either because they can't be found, or no one knows about them, or your out of state or out of country and there just isn't time to get them.
For this reason, we recommend that you register your advance directives with a national registry, such as Docubank.
DocuBank® is the largest electronic storage and access service for health care directives in the nation. DocuBank will store any and all of your health care directives: living will, health care power of attorney, HIPAA authorizations, organ donation forms and/or other health care documents.
When you store your health care documents with DocuBank, you receive a customized DocuBank Emergency Card like the one pictured below.
If you are hospitalized, the hospital staff will then obtain your documents by fax simply by calling 1-800-DOCUBANK, and following the instructions in the automated system. If the call is being made from outside the U.S., hospitals can follow the instructions on the back of the card. DocuBank® faxes your documents to the hospital immediately. DocuBank makes your important documents available any time, any day, anywhere in the world.
A name and phone number for a primary emergency contact
Additionally, when the hospital receives your faxed health care documents, the staff will also receive a cover page listing the information contained on the card and the names and phone numbers of two other emergency contacts, plus the name and phone number of your primary physician.
As a Living Trust Network referred client, you are eligible for a discount on your DocuBank membership. If you enroll through the Living Trust Network, you'll save over 10% on your enrollment fees! Through the Living Trust Network, a one-year enrollment fee is only $45 and a five-year enrollment fee is only $145.
To find our more about the peace of mind that DocuBank can offer you, visit their web site at www.docubank.com, or call them at 866-DOCUBANK (866-362-8226). Don't forget to tell them that the Living Trust Network sent you.