The two types of health care directives are proxy directives
and instruction directives.
The durable power of attorney for health care is a form of proxy directive
like the Tennessee Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPAHC) or Health Care Agent form may be a better document, especially for those that would rather defer decision making to another.
Second, we should prefer "proxy directives
" to living wills: "Instead of attempting to specify what should be done, advance proxy directives
should specify who should make crucial decisions on our behalf.
States have enacted laws that give legal recognition to "living wills" -- instruction directives and proxy directives
-- yet people are not required to have them.
by adolescents are certainly rare, but could be important if a given adolescent has disputing parents and trusts one parent more than the other.