February 7, 2017

What You Should Know

Advance directives are legal statements that let others know what type of healthcare you want if you become too sick to speak for yourself.  Having advance directives is good for patients of any age since accidents and illness can happen at any time.  Advance directives help you protect your rights, help your family avoid the stress of making difficult decisions, and give your care team guidelines for the care you want. If you are admitted to the hospital, you or your family will be asked if you have an advance directive. This handout will answer some common questions and describe each advance directive.

Living Will

A living will lets you choose the kind of health care you want so that your loved ones are not left making difficult decisions. It is c...

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