Are you prepared for an unknown medical future?
There are several ways to protect your wishes for care when you are unable to give your informed consent to treatment. Advance Directives may be your best solution.
- Advance Directives are specific instructions regarding your choices about the medical treatment and care you want to receive if you are physically or mentally unable to do so.
- They are called “advance” directives because they are signed in advance to let your doctor, and other healthcare providers, know your wishes.
- With Advance Directives, you can even name someone to make these decisions for you, as well as state what kinds of treatment you desire or wish to withhold.
Advance Directives can reduce personal worry, feelings of guilt or helplessness for the family, and potential legal concerns.
In fact, Advance Directives may be considered any time during life when someone may be unable to make decisions for themselves about their healthcare- no matter their age - and not just at the end of life.
So take time to talk with those closest to you about your health care choices and wishes, and then fill out an Advance Directive form.
The form can be picked up at any Facey office or downloaded by clicking here. The form is free and easy to complete.