Exercise your right to make choices regarding end-of-life care.
When you are well, talk with your physician, family and those close to you
about your preferences for care.
This process should result in a clear understanding of your wishes at the end of life and who would make decisions on your behalf. Document these decisions in an advance directive. If illness or accident resulted in your inability to communicate, your advance directive would provide your family and physicians with instructions so that your wishes would be known and respected.
ADVANCE CARE PLAN
Also referred to as a Living Will or Advance Directive
The form describes four situations and allows you to indicate which treatments you would want or not want if you were in one of those situations. If you have additional directions, you may include these on the form. This form can also be used to name a Health Care Agent, a person you choose to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Your agent should be someone who knows your wshes and will make decisions based on what he/she believes you would want, not based on his or her own preferences.
APPOINTMENT OF HEALTH CARE AGENT
The form works like a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. It allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It does not include specific healthcare directives.