Advance Directive/Healthcare POA

Today you're of sound body & sound mind. What happens someday…if you're not?

If you can't communicate or make your healthcare decisions… who will? Have you chosen someone to make those decisions for you? Do your family, friends and physician know who that person is? Is it in writing?
Advance Directive is the answer. 

What is Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a written document that allows you to communicate information to your health care provider, family, and friends. It includes:

  • The type of medical intervention you may or may not want performed.
  • Who you've appointed as spokesperson to make your medical decisions–when you cannot.
How do I appoint a spokesperson?

The power of attorney for health care advance directive (POAHC) allows you to name a spokesperson. The spokeperson's role is critical in situations where nursing and rehabilitation placement is needed and for tube-feeding decisions. If you become unable to make healthcare decisions AND do not have a power of attorney for health, a legal guardian may need to be appointed. 

Do I have to have an Advance Directive?

Having your medical wishes followed is very important to the health care providers at Upland Hills Health. And we hope you will take the time to consider the advantages of having an advance directive. Completing an advance directive is optional. Please be assured you will not be denied care at Upland Hills Health based on whether or not you have one.

How do I get started on creating my Advance Directive?

Start with frank discussions with your physician and with your family members. It will give your loved ones greater confidence and comfort when following your stated wishes. Putting your wishes down in writing is the next step.

For more information, contact an Upland Hills Health hospital social worker at 930-7200 ext. 3350 or 3300.