- You have the right to make choices about your own healthcare. You have a right to accept or refuse medical treatments. The Patient Self-Determination Act and state laws protect these rights.
- What would happen if you had a serious illness or injury and you could not make your own decisions? How would your family, friends or doctor know your wishes? Who would speak for you?
- An advance directive gives you a way to write your wishes about treatment choices in the event that you could not speak for yourself. Advance directives help to protect your right to make your own health care choices.
- It is a statement of your health care choices in the event of a serious illness or injury. It is “your voice” when you cannot speak for yourself.
- It can say which family members or friends you would want to make decisions for you. Advance Directives should be in writing as proof of your wishes.
- A “living will” and a “Patient Advocate Designation (PAD)” or “durable power of attorney for healthcare” are examples of advance directives.
- All of these directives can give instructions to others about the type of medical care you would or would not want.
- The Patient Advocate Designation for Healthcare lets you name an advocate. An advocate is someone who would speak on your behalf. An advocate would make sure to carry out your wishes.
- In the State of Michigan the Patient Advocate Designation for Healthcare is the best type of advance directive to write.
Decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and life support are some of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to face. We hope you will find the following handouts helpful as you discuss your wishes with your family and health care providers and write them down.
Many people are here to help you. If you or your family have questions or concerns about CPR and other treatments, we want to help you get your questions answered.