At CarePoint Health, we encourage all patients to complete an advance health care directive, which allows you to state your preferences for medical treatments and to select an agent or person to make your health care decisions in case you’re unable to do so, or if you want someone else to make decisions for you.
What are advance health care directives?
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.
A living will tells which treatments you want if you are dying or permanently unconscious. You can accept or refuse medical care. You might want to include instructions on:
- The use of dialysis and breathing machines
- If you want to be resuscitated if your breathing or heartbeat stops
- Tube feeding
- Organ or tissue donation
A durable power of attorney for health care is a document that names your health care proxy. Your proxy is someone you trust to make health decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
If you already have an advance health care directive
Please bring a copy with you when you’re admitted to the hospital so you can discuss your wishes with your health care team. Your advance health care directive will be placed in your medical chart.