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Advance Directives

Advance Directives

An advance directive specifies which treatments an individual does and does not want, in the case where that individual becomes unable to make decisions about his or her care. There are two types of advance directives. Chaplains are available to assist patients and families in completing one or both of these two basic types of advance directives.

 

  • Directive to Physicians, Family or Surrogates
  • Medical Power of Attorney

Directive to Physicians, Family or Surrogates

A directive to physicians, family or surrogates allows you to establish your medical care wishes should you become unable to communicate for yourself. This document is considered ONLY when your condition is diagnosed as terminal or irreversible.

Download the forms from the list below:

Medical Power of Attorney

A Medical Power of Attorney names the person or persons who can decide for you in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Examples of times when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself include:

  • Non-Responsive or Comatose
  • Under anesthesia/or sedation
  • Temporarily incapacitated by stroke or other neurological issues
  • You request to have others make decisions for you

 

Download the forms from the list below: