If you’re unable to communicate about your healthcare or treatment, an advance directive is a written document that conveys your wishes or allows a medical decision maker to speak on your behalf.
Types of advance directives
There are several types of advance directives, so you may have more than one.
- Living will: A document that outlines your wishes should you be extremely ill or dying. It guides physicians in directing your medical care.
- Appointment of a healthcare surrogate: Tells others who you wish to represent you if you’re unable to communicate. You should choose someone who knows and understands your preferences, values and views.
- Durable power of attorney for healthcare: A legal document used to name someone to make healthcare decisions for you.
Advanced directive form
The Patient Self-Determination Act requires that we ask you whether you have an advance directive or would like to execute an advance directive when you’re admitted to Keralty Hospital.