We each have the right to make our own health care decisions. An advance directive ensures your end of life and other critical healthcare decisions will be honored.
An advance directive is what many people think of as a living will, or a durable power of attorney for health care. An advance directive is a written document that outlines your wishes for medical treatment in the future, including if you are no longer able to make those decisions.
Having an Advance Directive gives you:
- Peace of mind, knowing that your choices are secure and will be available to your family and doctors even if you become ill away from home.
- The serenity of knowing that you will be able to “speak” to your family and doctors through your Advance Directive about your personal philosophy and help them make the decisions you want without feeling guilt or remorse.
- The security of confidential, 24-hour access to your choices by hospitals and health care providers across the country.