In My Own Words :: Video Advance Directive
Frequently Asked Questions

I already have a written Advanced Health Care Directive. So why would I want or need a video version?

In addition to reiterating your life support decisions, you can express your personal wishes in a video advance directive that standard written forms do not cover. For example, you can request someone to massage your hands or feet, to share words of love and encouragement, or to remind you of your accomplishments and strengths.

Please see the Wishes for My Care Form on the forms page for more details.

Where is the video stored and how secure is it?

The video file is generally stored on a USB flash memory drive which can easily be carried on your key chain. It can also be stored on Internet storage, a CD/DVD, or cell phone/music player.

The video can be password secured if you desire. We however recommend that a password is not used as it can prevent medical personnel from accessing your video in an emergency. For your security the video can be viewed but cannot be altered by anyone.

Is the video version recognized as a legal document as my written Health Care Directive is?

Although there are no state laws which recognize the validity of video documents, videos still enhance and extend the wishes in your legally recognized printed directive that accompanies the video.

Do I need to carry the video wherever I go and how would health care personnel even know I have one or to look for one?

Its a good idea to keep the USB flash drive with your video advance health care directive where it can be easily found in case you are suddenly incapacitated. The USB flash drive easily attaches to your key chain. A customized wallet card is also offered.

What Happens If I Don't Make an Advance Directive?

Medical care will be given to you whether or not you have an advance directive. However, it is more likely that you will receive the types of care you want if you have an advance directive. If you cannot speak for yourself and do not have an advance directive, a physician will generally look to your family, friends, or clergy for decisions about your care. In certain cases the medical center may ask the courts to appoint a person (a guardian) to make decisions for you.

Are there any other fees now or later?

If significant changes need to be made, you would have to redo your video at the rates currently in effect at the time. Minor changes that do not affect the video have minimal charges.

Contact In My Own Words™
Melinda Ginne, Ph.D.
PO Box 11117
Oakland, CA 94611