What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a written document in which you specify what type of medical care you want in the future, and who you want to make decisions for you, should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.
Why is there a need for advance directives?
Years ago, most individuals died in their own homes. Today, there is greater chance of dying in a hospital or nursing home. Expanding technology has increased the treatment choices we face, and improved public health has increased life expectancy. Decisions may have to be made concerning our care at a time we can no longer communicate our wishes.
What are the advantages of having an advance directive?
We each have our own values, wishes and goals. Having an advance directive provides you some assurance your personal wishes concerning medical and mental treatment will be honored at a time when you are not able to express them. Having an advance directive may also prevent the need for a guardianship imposed through the probate court.
If needed, our staff can assist you in planning and creating an advance directive.
Reliable resources you can use:
A Comprehensive Pre-Planning Guide
This booklet was designed to assist you in preplanning by providing frequently asked questions, general information and forms on MIPeace of Mind Registry, Michigan's Statutory Will, Patient Advocate law and organ donation.
"...the easiest and most thorough form to use in confronting such a potentially intimidating subject.”
It's more than just a document. Five Wishes is a complete approach to discussing and documenting your care and comfort choices.