Thankfully, we all have the privilege and right to make decisions about the type of health care that we receive.  Anticipating that there may be a time when we are unable to communicate our wishes concerning the type of health care that we would choose to receive, it is important to have our sentiments spelled out in a document that makes our intentions clear.  Also, it is key to designate someone close to us as  “medical power of attorney.” This is a person who understands what our preferences and wishes are and can make medical decisions on our behalf in the event that we are unconscious.

Refer to the links below for more information:

Advanced Directive Pamphlet

Advanced Directive Form(Please note that this form may not be valid in all states)

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

 

 

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