What Is an Instruction Directive for New Jersey?

An instruction directive is a special type of document that outlines when you would like and when you would not like life-sustaining treatment to be provided in the event you are unable to make your own decisions in situations that call for the treatment.

It aids in guiding the physician and your family when faced with choices for certain situations as they pertain to your healthcare, yet are not included within your advance directive.

The instruction directive for New Jersey allows you to include your values, your beliefs, the type of general care that you expect, and your preferences as they pertain to treatment. 

Do I Need to Have a Proxy Directive in Order to Have an Instruction Directive? 

No, you may have an instruction direction without having a proxy directive – also referred to as a “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care – in place. 

Why Is It Important to Have an Instruction Directive in New Jersey? 

There may come a time when you are unable to speak for yourself or make healthcare decisions. This typically will stem from a severe illness, a severe injury, or a type of disease. By creating an instruction directive now, the physician treating you and your loved ones will know when you want to have treatments that will prolong your life and when you do not want to have these treatments. 

There is an area on the New Jersey instruction directive that will allow you to outline that which you believe and the values that you hold. You may continue by expounding on the general levels of care that you want to have and the specific treatments that you approve of for your own needs. 

If you have an instruction directive, medical personnel and your loved one will know what you want or expect. This is extremely beneficial in that it does not add to the stress your loved ones are experiencing and it reduces the possibility that a conflict may arise. It is highly beneficial for all to know your personal preferences as it pertains to your medical treatments. 

What Types of Situations Would an Instruction Directive Outline? 

There are many situations that may be outlined in an instruction directive of when you want treatment given or withheld. In most instances, this document will specify your preferences on the following situations:

  1. If you become permanently unconscious 
  2. Your condition is considered to be terminal
  3. The treatment issued may prolong death, resulting in increased suffering
  4. The treatment offered would lack effectiveness with your condition
  5. The treatment would prove to be harmful rather than beneficial

In short, the instruction directive will outline the above and inquire of you if you want life-sustaining treatments to be provided, or not. 

Contact Us Today 

We here at Beacon Senior Advisors know and understand the complications and challenges associated with certain types of documentation – such as the instruction directive. We are certified advisors and are capable of assisting you with this type of document. At the minimum, we are able to provide clear details on what the document says and the instructions it will provide. If you find that you need assistance, we are more than happy to help. Simply contact us today by calling the following number: 973-713-0096

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