You have the right to direct your future health needs and determine who will make your medical decisions when you canít. Your wishes can be established and set forth in the following forms:
- Living well
- Power of attorney for health care
- Legal document drafted by your attorney
An advance directive is a written record of your decisions about treatments you want or don't want or about how such decisions should be made if you become incapacitated.
By establishing an advance directive you express your personal wishes, beliefs, and values. Things to consider when making this document: dying, living as long as possible, being kept alive on machines, being independent, and quality of life. While these may be difficult issues to discuss, the conversation is necessary if you want others to follow your wishes.
Home Health United clinicians inform patients of their right to make Advance Directives and HHU social workers assist them with the process. If you have questions about these documents or the process contact Janet Bollig, Social Services and Spiritual Counselor Manager, , (608) 242-1516 or 1 (800) 924-CARE.