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.

 

Other resources

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Florida Hospices and Palliative Care

The American Geriatrics Society

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Caring Connections