Advanced Directives : Being in control of your destiny

Why creating and Advanced directive is a good idea.

Why creating an Advanced Directive is a good idea.

When Michael Schumacher hit his head in a tragic skiing accident in December 2013 he suffered serious head injuries which left him in a medically induced coma. This kind of unforeseen accident is exactly what leads us to start thinking about what medical treatment any one of us would prefer in situations such as these.

Without doubt we all think about ‘what would happen if?’ fleetingly at some point or another. We may even discuss it with friends and family, half joking that they need to remember how we want to be treated should our own medical decisions be something we can no longer take.

There is no time like the present to do something constructive about this. Finding out exactly what to do however can be a challenge. In this two part blog we will be discussing the best course of action to ensure your wishes are fulfilled, starting with establishing an Advance Directive to be kept with your medical file.

So what are Advance Directives?

Advance Directives are clear instructions left by an individual on what treatments they want in case they are in a life threatening condition.

If someone has a heart attack and his heart stops, if the person has left clear instructions that he does not want to be resuscitated (DNR) it has to be respected no matter what the situation is.

It also covers decisions about treatments. It gives detailed information from their doctors regarding various health topics and how to improve their quality of life should something happen to them. From serious illnesses and life threatening situations such as a stroke, lung failure, dementia through to accidents.

Who will speak for them?

An Advance Directive states clearly what the patient wants in terms of their medical condition or to whom they have given power of attorney, the person who can also make decisions for them.

It is important to have an Advance Directive document on file with your medical records which acts as an important healthcare tool.

In filling a form there are different sections which cover different topics. You will come across topics such as:

  •  Power of attorney for health care – Someone who is allowed to make decision on your behalf when you no longer can.
  • Living trust – I want the life sustaining treatments or I do not want life-sustaining treatment.
  • Wishes if you have a terminal condition – I do not want artificial nutrition and hydration.
  • Wishes if you are in a persistent vegetative state – I want to be kept free of pain even if such care prolongs or shortens my life.
  • Organ donations – I want to donate all my organs and tissues.
  • Autopsy – I do not want an autopsy.
  • And so on..

Filling out the actual form is quite straightforward. Doctors and nurses can work together with patients and their families to agree on a suitable plan that not only caters to the medical needs of the patient but also takes their values and preferences into account.

Once the form is complete you should take copies. One copy should be kept in your medical file but you can also keep a hard or soft copy for yourself or a trusted family member or spouse.

Next week we will go into further detail regarding setting up Advanced Directives. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us.

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Closing campaign on Seedrs today – Thank You!!

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Just a message to let you know that we intend to close our campaign on Seedrs tonight, 29th Sep. We would like to use this update as an opportunity to show our appreciation for everyone that has helped to make our campaign successful.

In past few days, we participated in few events and got very good response from the attendees. It was great to see that people quickly understood the problem we are solving and signed-up instantly. We are confident that with the money we have raised, we would continue to add innovative features and acquire more users. Thank you.

Whether you’ve invested, shown interest in our company or came along to our event, we’d like to say a massive thank you for all of your support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’re still thinking about investing, make sure you hurry before time runs out.

As always, we’re happy to answer any questions.

Best Regards,
Planned Departure Team.

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Launching shiny new website and free membership!!

Screen shot 2014-09-24 at 10.20.50 Over the past few weeks, we worked hard to revamp our website. We are pleased with the results and would love to get your thoughts on the new design. Please, have a look at our new design and give us your feedback.

We have also introduced free membership with this launch. Many people wanted to try out our services and with this launch, we have made it easier for them to try Planned Departure.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to tweak the design and content to ensure that message we want to convey is easy to understand and clear. If there is anything you would like to see on the website or if something is not clear – please let us know.

Remember, it takes only 30 seconds to create a free account. Create your free account today.

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Meet the Team

We would like to say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’

We have been keeping our heads down at Planned Departure from past few months and have made steady progress. Some of the things we have done so far are -

* We have grown the team size to 7.
* We have moved to our office at Vista Business Centre.
* We have been signing B2B partnership with wills and probate lawyers.
* We got covered in prestigious media outlets such as The Economic Times.
* Our crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs is launched and we are moving nicely towards our goal.
* We have secured investment from friends, family and professional investors.
* We are launching our new, sleek and revamped UI.

All this was possible because of the support and encouragement from our friends, family, professors from LBS and our investors.

We had the opportunity to say thanks and showcase our revamped UI.
For those that couldn’t make it, there will be another event soon so would be glad to see you then.

Thanks again.

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Our crowdfunding campaign is live now!!

size-500x500 After weeks of planning, finally, our crowdfunding campaign is live now. We have worked hard, got good commitment from many people and it’s encouraging to see that we are moving faster towards our goal. We would like to thank our early investors who have shown their belief in the idea and team. 

We are confident about the prospects of Planned Departure. We believe that all of us are creating digital assets and these assets are invaluable. 

We have a simple mission. We want to help you organise your digital life and ensure that important information from your life is never lost, locked or abused.

Please have a look at our crowdfunding campaign and invest in us so that we can move faster towards our goals. Please share information about our crowdfunding campaign in your network.

 

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Wait is over – Our crowdfunding campaign will be soft launched tomorrow

 

 

Soft launch of Planned Departure's crowd funding campaign

 

From past one and a half month, we have been working hard to make it happen. Our crowdfunding campaign will be soft-launched to friends and family tomorrow. We are humbled by the support we have got – it will make us work harder and move faster towards our goals.

Thank you and do get in touch if you would like to have a look at our campaign before our campaign becomes public. 

 

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