Advance directives are documents that state your choices about medical treatment or name someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you are unable to make these decisions. They help ensure you receive the kind of end-of-life care you want and relieve some burden on family members and loved ones who are already dealing with a difficult situation.
The two most common types of advance directives are Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for Health Care. Signatures on Living Wills and DPOAs for Health Care require witnesses or a notary public before they are legal documents.
An advance directive is not required and can be as general or specific as an individual desires. Forms can usually be obtained from your attorney or your local healthcare provider.
Fremont Health's forms are available at the hospital's information desk and here on our website. They are relatively short and designed to be easy to understand and complete.
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