Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.
A living will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including
- The use of dialysis and breathing machines
- If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
- Tube feeding
- Organ or tissue donation
A durable power of attorney for health care is a document that names your health care proxy. Your proxy is someone you trust to make health decisions if you are unable to do so. These are just some of the important questions that come about when planning Advance Directives.
Click here to view a guide from the Attorney General’s office on “Planning Your Healthcare in Advance”.
The New York State Department of Health’s website also contains these useful information and forms. Visit them at www.health.state.ny.us.
To obtain a free copy of the New York State Health Care Proxy form with instructions, click here.
To obtain a free copy of the DNR Order form (DOH 3474) or for more information about a DNR bracelet, click here.