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FAQ’s

The Conversation Project Central FloridaFrequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand all of these legal terms!  Is a living will different from an advance directive?

We believe that lack of understanding of legal matters can be intimidating and an obstacle to placing your wishes in writing.  One of our goals is to assist you with the resources you need to place your wishes in a legal document. We aren’t attorneys, but here are a few definitions we can provide:

  • Advance directive: written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Sometimes called a living will.
  • Power of attorney: a type of advance directive in which you name a person to make decisions for you when you are unable to do so. In Florida this directive is called health care surrogate.
  • Health care proxy: person appointed by you to have the authority to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to express your preferences.  Also known as health care proxy and durable medical power of attorney.
  • Durable Power of Attorney (for Property): a document in which you give legal authority to another person  to act on your behalf when you become too sick or disabled. This is to manage any part or all of your affairs: financial, personal or both. Instructions and guidelines can be included.  

How much does it cost for a coach to help me?

Our services are free.

My children don’t want to talk about these things. What should I do?

Our Starter Kit is a good tool to help you bring up the subject of your end of life. Download the kit and look at it by yourself first. It will help you think about your wishes on your own before you talk with loved ones. It also has helpful suggestions for getting ready to have the conversation.

I am worried that my mom might have dementia. Is it too late to have a conversation about what she wants?

Sometimes people with dementia still have periods of time when they are capable of expressing their wishes. These are the times when you might be able to have a conversation. You can also ask her other loved ones if they have ever talked with your mom about her end of life preferences.  It is always best to consult with your Mom’s physician regarding her capacity to make current and future health care decisions.

I made a living will already. Isn’t that enough?

That depends.  Do you have a legally acceptable document in a safe place?  How long ago did you make the document? Have you given a copy to the person you have asked to make your health care decisions for you in the event you cannot speak for yourself?  Does your health care provider have a copy, too?

We can guide you to the resources you need to create or update your advance directives.

What if I complete my advance directives and change my mind later?

This can happen and we encourage people to regularly revisit their advance directives.  It is always good to keep the conversation going!  Simply make your changes and let your health care surrogate, loved ones and medical provider know what you have done.  Make sure you discard all out-of-date copies  and give the new ones to your health care surrogate, loved ones and medical providers.