We respect your right to make your own medical treatment decisions. If you are 18 years of age or older and mentally competent, you have the right to make decisions about your medical treatment. You have the right to accept or refuse treatments recommended by your physician. An Advance Directive gives you the power to control decisions about your health care should you become unable to communicate.
An Advance Directive is a set of directions you give about the health care you want should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. There are two types of Advance Directives:
- Health Care Directive (or "Living Will")
- Health Care Power of Attorney
For more information about these directives, ask to meet with a social worker or a case manager.
Health Care Directive (Living Will)
A Living Will is a document that conveys your orders that you want to die a natural death if you are terminally and incurably sick or in a persistent vegetative state from which you will not recover. A Living Will allows you to direct your health care provider regarding the type of treatments) you do and do not wish should your condition become terminal.
Health Care Power of Attorney
In the event that you become unable to make medical decisions related to your care, you may name a person to make these decisions for you. This person is called your health care agent. The Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to name your health care agent. Your agent can say what medical treatments you would want and what you would not want. Your agent then knows what choices to make should you become unable to communicate with them.
If you have an Advance Directive, Health Care Directive or Health Care Power of Attorney, please have a copy brought to Central Washington Hospital for your records.