Advanced Directives

An advanced healthcare directive will let your family, friends, and physician know your health care wishes. The directive can include types of treatment you want or don't want when your end of life is approaching. The directive will list any treatment such as tests, diagnostics, surgical procedures, organ donation, or specifics on a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order. When you have outlined your options early, it helps your family respect your wishes and make easy decisions when the time arrives.

Why is an advanced directive necessary?

• Allows your loved ones to respect your wishes
• Gives direction to healthcare providers
• It does not leave your loved ones having to make difficult decisions for you.

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