Once you have completed your advance directives, where you should you keep them? You should keep the original document. Copies should be provided to your health care proxy/agent (as well as the alternate if one was named), the hospital (each time you are admitted), immediate family members and your lawyer if you have one.
Is that adequate? Our answer is, "No." It is easy to forget where paper documents are stored. If documents are not kept in a waterproof and fire-safe container, they can be easily damaged. Wherever you may choose to store them, are health care providers able to access them when they are needed? In all likelihood, the answer to that question is also, "No."
United Hospice of Rockland, Inc., has developed the perfect solution for you. It is a free, secure, web (internet) based site that enable your documents to be safely stored and accessed by health professionals when they are needed. It is called www.assuringyourwishes.org. Print a copy of the enrollment form and sign it. Mail the enrollment form with copies (NOT the originals) of your advance directives to:
c/o United Hospice of Rockland, Inc.
11 Stokum Lane
New City, NY 10956
We will scan and upload the documents to the website. We will mail back all of your documents with three ID cards on which is written your name and the password that has been assigned. One card is designed for you to carry in you wallet. Make it the first thing that someone sees if they open your wallet. One copy is for your health care agent and one copy is for your physician. Instructions to retrieve your directives are on the back of the card. You can request additional wallet cards by calling us at 845.634.4974.
Contact United Hospice of Rockland at 845.634.4974 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information or help on advance directives.