An advance directive, such as living will or durable power of attorney for health care, allows you to express your preferences for medical treatment. The living will is implemented when you can no longer make those decisions for yourself. It is important to discuss this directive with your health care provider and family.
The hospital is required by federal law to ask each patient if he or she has an advance directive. You, as a patient, are not required to have one. If you do have an advance directive, we will request a copy to be included in your chart. If you wish to make an advance directive while you are here, our social service representative can assist you with this. You will receive materials explaining advance directives upon admission.