An advance health directive is a formal way of giving instructions for your future health care, and comes into effect only if you are unable to make your own decisions.
An Advance Health Directive allows you to plan what medical treatment or health care you would like in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. It also enables you to appoint an attorney for health and personal matters if you want.
You can use your directive to express your wishes in a general way, such as stating that you would want to receive all available treatment.
You can include relevant information about yourself that health professionals should know, such as:
You are able to give specific instructions about certain medical treatments. For instance, you might feel strongly about whether or not you want to receive life-sustaining measures to prolong your life. These include:
You can use your directive to outline your views about the quality of life that would be acceptable to you. For instance, you might decide to specify that you would like life-sustaining measures withheld or withdrawn in certain situations, such as if you were to have: