An Advance Directive is a document that allows you to give directions about your health care instructions and preferences for a time in the future when you may be unable to make informed decisions about your care because of injury or illness. There several different options to consider when creating an Advance Directive:
The living will, or advance directive, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity. Preparing a living will preserves your wishes as to certain end-of life issues, such as how long to continue life support and artificial nourishment
Health Care Proxy
A health care proxy is a document that allows a patient to appoint an agent to make health care decisions in the event that the primary individual is incapable of executing such decisions.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. A durable power of attorney will remain in effect if you later become mentally incapacitated. Executing a medical durable power of attorney designates someone to act on your behalf to make medical decisions if you are mentally incapable of making those decisions yourself, without the need of proceeding to court for an appointed guardian. Preparing a medical durable power of attorney also allows you to make choices on making anatomical gifts for transplants or medical research.