A growing number of people are declaring their health care preferences before they become seriously ill. The written instructions they use to state their wishes are called advance directives.
Before making these important decisions, we recommend that you discuss the issues and your personal wishes with your family, close friends, physician, attorney or clergy.
Missouri law states if you are 18 years of age or older and legally competent, you can ensure your wishes are carried out if you are ever unable to make or communicate decisions about your health care. You may communicate these wishes through a Health Care Directive or Living Will.
Click the links below to download advance directive documents
Lake Regional's Policy On Advance Directives
We believe it is your right to make health care decisions. Our goal is to make certain your preferences are known and respected.
If you have not previously documented your health care preferences, the health care team will take all reasonable steps to maintain your life.
If you have any questions about writing an advance directive, you may contact your physician, nurse or Social Work Services.