An advance directive (also known as a living will) is a way to make sure that your designated medical power of attorney is able to communicate your medical wishes if you cannot speak for yourself.
Together, with your doctor, you can create an advance directive that will instruct providers to withhold or withdraw life sustaining treatment in the event of a terminal condition or permanent unconscious condition.
When you have completed your advance directive, ask your doctor to put the form in your file. It is also a good idea to let your loved ones and your Medical Power of Attorney (if designated) know you have an advance directive.
You may change your advance directive at any time. Call us if you have any questions or want help.