An Advanced Health Care Directive (AHD) details your written instructions for medical and life-saving treatment if you are unable to make decisions for yourself due to illness, or if you become incapacitated. It is important for your loved ones and health care provider to read and understand your AHD. Your AHD includes a healthcare proxy or Power of Attorney (POA), who is the person responsible for carrying out your wishes after your death. The healthcare proxy must know where your AHD is located, and have full access to it.
- Living Will Form
- Health Care Agent, Proxy, or Administrator Forms, including:Notary Form
Power of Attorney Form
- Types of Medical Assistance / Body Treatment Form
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form
- Organ Donation Request Form
- Supplemental Letter Form
- Codicil Form
The Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form is an official, state document that, when completed correctly, allows a patient with a life-threatening illness or injury to stop specific medical procedures that may keep that person alive. Your health care provider, and your health care agent, proxy, or Power of Attorney, must sign it in order for it to be legal. The official DNR form is subject to state laws, so it is important to check with your legal advisor for more information on properly completing it.
There should be three copies of the DNR. Distribute them according to the following guidelines:
- The first copy must be accessible by Emergency Medical Response (EMR) personnel.
- The second copy is retained by the physician or healthcare provider.
- The third copy may be used by the patient to order an optional wrist or neck medallion inscribed with the words, “DO NOT RESUSCITATE-EMS.”
- Have you completed an AHD or DNR?
- If not, why not?
- If so, where are these documents?
- How will you ensure your health care proxy has access to them?