The purpose of Advance Directives is to allow you to make your wishes known when you are unable to voice them yourself.
Advance Directives include:
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions (DPOA-HC) allows you to designate another person to make medical decisions for you. This person makes medical decisions on your behalf only when you are unable to do so. This document allows you to specify your wishes regarding medical care in writing. The DPOA-HC does not cover legal and/or financial matters. Click here to download a blank Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions form.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order means a person dies a natural death. Those who choose this document will receive optimal comfort care. A DNR order is not required to begin hospice care. If you do not want resuscitation started, ask your doctor to write a DNR order to keep in your home. Click here to download a blank Do Not Resuscitate form.
A Living Will declaration takes affect when a person is unable to make decisions regarding health care. It applies only to questions of treatment related to a terminal condition. It does not direct care during an emergency situation. Click here to download a blank Living Will form.