Advance directives are documents such as the Durable Power of Attorney
for Healthcare and Living Wills that allow the patient to give healthcare
providers direction regarding their wishes regarding their medical care
at end of life, should the capacity to make decisions be lost due to coma,
dementia, or inability to communicate due to terminal illness. While all
advance directives are helpful, only advance directives that indicate
a decision-making surrogate and follow state prescribed signatures or
notarization are legally binding in the State of California.
Advance directives are completed by patients in consultation with their
health care providers, family members, and significant others.
How do I obtain an Advance Directive?
You may download a form through the California Hospital Association and
follow the directions in the form. If you are a patient in the hospital,
we would be happy to provide you a free copy of the form and answer any
questions you may have regarding the form and give you any assistance
you may need in filling out the form. To receive a form please let your
nurse know that you would like information about Advance Directives.