Warning! Your session will time out soon due to inactivity. Please refresh the page to keep working.
An Advance Directive
Make your health care decisions known in advance
Often referred to as a Living Will, an Advance Directive gives you the power to make decisions about your future medical care. If a time comes when you are not able to communicate your wishes, this simple document is your voice. The form will document your future wishes, and guide you in considering your options.
Advance directives are recommended for adults of all ages. Forms are easy to prepare and do not require a lawyer. You will want to have your form notarized.
It’s a compassionate gift
It may never be needed, but if it is, the Advance Directive is a compassionate gift to family members struggling to decide what you would choose. With an Advance Directive, your family and friends will know and can carry out your plan. No one has to carry the burden of making decisions on his/her own during a time of grief, when emotions run high. Some elements of the plan may include care choices at end of life,appointing someone as your decision-maker ifyouaren’t able and preferences aboutautopsy and organ donation.
Free forms are available
Advance Directives and other Life Care Planning documents are available from a variety of sources. Download forms at www.BannerHealth.com keyword: Advance Directives, or call the office of the Arizona Attorney General at 602-542-2123. The Five Wishes is another recommended form that can be found at www.agingwithdignity.org
Who needs a copy?
Copies of your Advance Directive should be given to your physicians, to a hospital where you receive care, to your chosen surrogate and to family members and close friends. Speak with loved ones about your preferences and the fact that you have prepared an Advance Directive.
More information is available at: www.BannerHealth.com keyword: Advance Directives.