Read and reread to confirm that all of your documents still meet with your wishes and address the current coronavirus environment.
• The “age” of your documents alone can be important. Medical professionals may be less willing to accept very old documents as they may be viewed as stale. Apart from that, old documents often name individuals that can no longer serve as agents and often reflect wishes that may have changed.
• Be certain that the content of your documents meets your personal wishes.
• Would you still select the person(s) named, or do you need to make a change due to age/health/proximity to you?
• Do you have a backup/successor agent named?
• Does your document need to be modified for the COVID-19 circumstances? A blanket prohibition against intubation may prevent you from receiving the care you need to survive. Change it if appropriate. Your agent should be expressly authorized to communicate decisions via Skype, FaceTime, email and other electronic means, and the medical provides should be held harmless for acting on decisions communicated in that manner. Few health care documents expressly permit this and with the contagious nature of COVID-19 your agent may have no choice but to communicate electronically.