As parents watch their children transition from high school to the next phase of their lives, it’s natural to focus on milestones like college applications, career plans, and newfound independence. However, amidst the excitement of these changes, it’s essential for parents to also consider the importance of an advance directive for their graduating seniors. Because of HIPAA requirements, after your child turns 18, even if they are on your healthcare plan, unless they have provided prior authorization, you will not be able to get any information or medical records if something happens.

An advance directive, also known as an advance healthcare directive, outlines a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care if they become unable to communicate their decisions. While it may seem premature for young adults, including high school seniors, to think about such matters, having an advance directive in place is crucial for several reasons.

Here are Some of the Key Benefits of Advance Directives for High School Seniors:

  • Preparation for the Unexpected: Accidents and unexpected medical emergencies can happen at any age. Having an advance directive in place ensures that your adult child’s preferences for medical treatment are known and respected, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Facilitating Communication: Discussing and completing an advance directive provides an opportunity for open communication between parents and their graduating seniors about important healthcare decisions. It encourages thoughtful consideration of values, beliefs, and preferences regarding medical care.
  • Empowerment & Control: An advance directive empowers your senior to make decisions about their own medical care, even in situations where they are unable to communicate. By documenting their wishes in advance, they maintain control over their healthcare decisions.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your adult child’s wishes regarding medical treatment are documented brings peace of mind to both you and your child. In the event of a medical emergency, you can feel confident that your adult child’s preferences will be honored.
  • Relieving Family Burden: An advance directive relieves family members of the burden of making difficult medical decisions on behalf of their loved one. By clearly outlining your adult child’s wishes, you provide clarity and guidance during challenging times.

We Can Help Your Family With Advance Directives

As parents, it’s essential to support and guide your graduating senior in preparing for the future, including their healthcare needs. When it comes to creating an advance directive, DiFranza Law is here to help. We work with families in Jacksonville, FL and throughout the state. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process, ensuring that your adult child’s wishes are accurately documented and legally binding before they head off to college in the Fall.

By addressing these important matters together, parents and their graduating seniors can navigate the transition into adulthood with confidence, knowing that their healthcare preferences are documented and respected.

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