A growing number of people are declaring their health care preferences before they become seriously ill. Advance medical directives are written documents about your wishes for medical treatment. They guide health care providers and your family in the event you become incapacitated and cannot express your wishes.
Before making these important decisions, we recommend that you talk 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 through a health care directive or living will.
To learn more, visit the American Hospital Association's Web site, "Put It In Writing," which provides helpful information about advance directives in English and Spanish.
For additional information about advanced directives along with the necessary documents, download the guide, "Missouri Advance Directive: Planning for Important Health Care Decisions."
Lake Regional's Advance Directives Policy
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, your 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.