Presbyterian Senior Care (HMO) and Presbyterian MediCare PPO | Fall 2020 | Your Story

Your story Your Story is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of: Presbyterian Health Plan and Presbyterian Insurance Company, Inc. Managing editor: A publication of Presbyterian Medicare Advantage Plans. Information in Your Story comes from a wide range of medical experts. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. 2020 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Y0055_MPC102012_ Accepted_M_10132020 Like us on Facebook You may wonder how to make sure your family knows what your wishes are if you are injured or sick and can’t speak for yourself. An advance directive helps to make your wishes clear so that they are followed. Your advance directive may include: ● Choosing a healthcare decision-maker. This is the person(s) who will speak about your medical decisions for you if you are injured or sick and cannot speak for yourself. ● Information about your healthcare decisions. Your advance directive can include specific orders about what medical support you want or do not want if you become seriously ill. ● A do-not-resuscitate order. Sometimes this is called a DNR. A DNR order says that you do not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR or mouth-to-mouth) to be performed if your heart stops beating or if you stop breathing. You do not need to use a specific form, but Presbyterian has an advance directive form that you may use. You do not need a lawyer to make an advance directive. You also do not need a notary or witness to sign your advance directive in New Mexico. Each state may have different guidelines. If you have an advance directive, give a copy to your provider to add to your medical record. Advance directives 1 2 3 You can find the Presbyterian advance directive form at in the member rights and responsibilities section. 1 Go to . 2 Scroll to the very bottom of the page and select Member Rights. 3 Scroll to bottom to find the advance directive form. You can learn more about advance directives by calling the Presbyterian Customer Service Center at the number on your member ID card. Information is also in your Member Handbook.