There may be times in your life when you cannot make your own healthcare choices. An advanced healthcare directive helps you plan for your care in these situations.
We encourage all our patients to consider filling out this paperwork so that their healthcare wishes are clearly recorded. This information will help your loved ones understand what should be done when it comes to difficult healthcare situations.
This advance health care directives guide gives general information about advance healthcare directives. It does not replace medical or legal advice from a professional. You should talk with your doctor about your advance healthcare directive. Consult an attorney if you want legal advice.
If you'd like to officially grant a friend or relative healthcare power of attorney, this document gives you the ability to do so. It also allows you to record decisions about what procedures you would and would not like to have performed should you not be able to articulate these wishes at a later date.
Please note that this document need not be notarized to comply with Pennsylvania law, but other states may require the signature of a notary for it to be honored.