Making Your Wishes Known
Also known as living wills, advance directives outline predetermined actions that should be taken in regards to your health if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself due to incapacity or illness. These legally binding documents outline your wishes regarding life support, resuscitation and other interventions for both your health care team and your family members.
Frequently Asked Questions
- On what laws are Advance Directives based?
- Why is it important for me to complete Advance Directives?
- Who can complete a directive?
- When are they valid?
- When do Advance Directives take effect in a hospital?
- How long are Advance Directives valid?
- If I did not designate a health care surrogate or have a court appointed guardian, who would make the decisions on my behalf if I was in the hospital and unable to make them myself?
- When should a person make sure that a Designated Health Care Surrogate has been appointed?
- When I am admitted as a patient to AdventHealth, will I be asked about Advance Directives?
- Does a Living Will mean the person is not to be resuscitated in the event of a cardiac and/or respiratory arrest?